Hometown retired hockey hero Willie O'Ree spoke to a capacity crowd of students at Fredericton High School on Sept. 13, telling the audience his best advice for today's youth is to believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams and goals.
O'Ree is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins, officially joining the team in 1958. Today, he is a member of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, the National Hockey Sports Hall of Fame and is also a recipient of the Order of Canada. He is recognized as a pioneer of hockey and a dedicated youth mentor.
The City of Fredericton recently named a fully accessible, state-of-the art facility on the north side of the city, the Will O'Ree Place. It features two NHL-sized ice surfaces. Today, O'Ree works for the NHL's youth development program and speaks to youth as part of his travels.
"It's very important to stay focused on your goals, work at what you want to do," O'Ree said. "Believe in yourself and what you can achieve. You need to stay in school and get as much education as you can. When you move on, you'll be ready to move into a different era. Don't let anybody tell you can't achieve your goals."
Early in his hockey career, O'Ree sustained a serious eye injury that threatened his dream to become a professional hockey player. He kept his injury a secret for over 20 years, scoring 1,000 points over the course of his long career.
O'Ree said most hockey players he met were supportive of his desire to play hockey although he said some racism did exist from time to time. Despite this, he worked to stay positive and not let personal remarks prevent him from achieving success.
"I was just another hockey player, I wasn't a brown or black hockey player. I was a hockey player there to win the game. I set two goals for myself when I was 14 -- to play professional hockey and join the NHL. Now I want to give back to hockey what it has given to me. I've been very fortunate to meet a lot of boys and girls like you."
O'Ree is often referred to as the Jackie Robinson of ice hockey for breaking the colour barrier in the sport. O'Ree told the students he met Robinson twice in his younger years in 1949 and again in 1962 while in the United States and it gave him courage to continue toward his goals.
O'Ree told the students to remember: "You have choices, decisions and consequences. Those are the things you deal with everyday."
The hockey great played with various NHL teams over the years, but said his favorite hockey team is still the Boston Bruins. His most memorable moment on the ice took place in 1961 when he scored his first goal on New Year's Eve. It was also the winning goal allowing the Bruins to beat Montreal with a score of 3-2.
During the school assembly, Fredericton High School presented O'Ree with a Black Kats jersey as a member of their hockey alumni.
Shown in the photos below (1) Willie O'Ree entering a packed gymnasium at Fredericton High School; (2) Willie O'Ree accepts his Black Kats jersey from high school teacher Shawn Ells.
9/13/2019 11:00 AM|
Sep 13 2019, 12:00 PM|
About 200 students at Fredericton High School took part in an enrichment opportunity of a lifetime when they joined a music class with the award-winning Blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Morgan Davis on Sept. 9.
A native of Detroit now living in Halifax, Davis visited Fredericton High as part of Blues in Schools, an educational program created to promote, preserve and perpetuate the art, culture and heritage of blues music and to examine the music's influence on other genres.
Every year, during Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival week in the capital city, performers are sent into local schools to play for more than 3,000 students from elementary to high school. Besides performing, the musicians teach students about the culture and history of blues music. The performances are free for the students who get an authentic musical experience from some of the best musicians on the national and international stage.
"They loved hearing him and what he was saying," said Craig Woodcock, music teacher at Fredericton High School. "They were very impressed with the history he gave and his reputation for playing with the greats."
Davis sang and played his cigar box guitar, telling the students he wanted to "bridge the generation gap" and show them how to feel blues music. The blues usually tells a story, often reaching the audience in a personal way about their own life experiences.
"I really enjoy these presentations," Davis said. "It's an investment in blues fans and that keeps me in business."
Davis said blues music has a rich history, invented by "poor folks down south whose ancestors were black slaves." Through rhythm, creativity and resourcefulness, they learned to make their own amazing music that eventually touched, changed and captured people around the world.
"Today, we are inundated with music," Davis said. "It's everywhere we go. The songwriters and producers sit down and think about what sells. Blues music (on the other hand) exemplifies an art form made strictly to communicate with people."
For more than four decades, Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues as well as his own contemporary songs.
9/10/2019 3:00 PM|
Sep 10 2019, 3:30 PM|
The Fredericton Police Force is seeking reliable, community-minded individuals to join the Crossing Guard Program.
The crossing guard program is intended to keep students safe as they walk to and from school with a special focus on elementary school students.
Crossing guards are hired by the Police Force and are paid an hourly wage to work three hours a day. Positions are available for various locations across the city. The time commitment is mornings and afternoons on weekdays.
Applicants must successfully complete a background check prior to employment. A traffic vest, stop sign and on-the-job training are provided.
Adult crossing guards are assigned to a specific post for the duration of the school year and must provide their own transportation to and from the post.
If you like working with children, and would like to have a job where you perform a valuable service to children in the community, please contact the Fredericton City Police at 506-460-2300.
9/10/2019 2:00 PM|
Sep 10 2019, 2:20 PM|
Build it and they will
come – Centreville Community School
Sept. 9, students, staff and parents at Centreville Community School got a firsthand look at a $46,000 refurbishment of the school gym,
made possible through a community partnership.
Chris Sparrow said community stakeholders recently joined forces to form the Centreville
Community Gym Re-Fresh Committee. This group, in consultation with the school,
worked to carry out the gym work by creating an action plan and raising
sufficient funds to complete the project within a few months.
a result, the refurbishment of the gym was completed in mid-July and included floor
sanding, painting the lines and keys, adding a new centre court logo, varnishing,
purchase of a protective floor cover, installation of new energy efficient lighting,
and new score clock which is expected to arrive soon.
gymnasium gets a lot of use,” Sparrow said. “In addition to our physical
education classes, intramural programs, sports and extra-curricular activities,
we have a variety of assemblies during the year along with drama and musical
performances. It is certainly a multi-use facility as our community also uses
the gym to support its mini-ball program, a basketball summer camp, as well as various
services throughout the year such as our Remembrance Day service and our annual
Christmas concert. We even host multiple blood donor clinics throughout the
year. It’s a busy place.”
to the refurbishment, safety concerns arose about the slippery floor and the
darkness of the gym due to outdated lighting. A 30-year-old score clock was also
not working properly. The improvements have now created a place for the school
community to take pride in, Sparrow said.
are excited about the change. They are taking ownership over the floor, being a
little more careful and always wearing proper footwear.”
official opening of the refurbished gym is being planned for later in the fall.
Centreville Community School Gym Refresh Committee was led by Ginny Banks with
multiple community partners making monetary contributions to the project.
9/10/2019 11:00 AM|
Sep 10 2019, 11:06 AM|
"You're off to great to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" Dr. Seuss wrote.
Each new school year can be an exciting time for students and their families.
At Gesner Street Elementary School, the first 'Meet the Teacher' event attracted an "amazing turnout" of parents, Principal Heather Cripps said.
A message board posted inside the school welcomed students with inspiring thoughts and best wishes for the new school year.
"Earlier that day, our staff wrote their hopes for our students for the year," Cripps explained. "Then at 'Meet the Teacher,' the parents wrote their hopes for their children. It was a great way to begin the year with our hopes (on display) for our wonderful students."
The idea was also a testament to little things mean a lot.
9/5/2019 10:00 AM|
Sep 05 2019, 9:49 AM|
September 4, 2019
schools first in Atlantic Canada to earn energy star certification
FREDERICTON – Two schools in
Anglophone West School District have earned Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
ENERGY STAR certification for 2019 for superior energy performance.
This is the second year NRCan
has officially certified buildings in Canada, and Bliss Carman Middle School and
Royal Road Elementary School are the first schools in Atlantic Canada to
receive ENERGY STAR certification.
“It is great to be recognized
by this organization for accomplishments that often fly under the radar,” said
Superintendent David McTimoney. “While safety and creating a positive,
comfortable learning and work environment are most important in terms of our
buildings, finding energy efficiencies is also a responsibility that we take
ENERGY STAR certified buildings
are verified to perform in the top 25 per cent of buildings nationwide, based
on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy,
hours of operation and other key metrics.
To qualify, only buildings
that earn a score of 75 or higher on NRCan’s 1 to 100 energy performance scale
are verified by a licensed professional engineer or registered architect in
order to receive the certification mark.
Bliss Carman Middle School and
Royal Road Elementary School earned scores of 93 and 86 respectively by
embracing energy efficiency in the following ways:
- Optimizing operations and energy efficient technology
in the school buildings;
- Energy conservation during off school hours
using electrical and mechanical systems;
- Analyzing data and benchmarking energy
consumption in the schools;
- Reducing energy costs by industry best
practices and by monthly monitoring of energy performance.
McTimoney said credit for the
certification goes to the facilities, maintenance operations and maintenance
staff with the district for their work in operating, scheduling and maintaining
schools. Improving energy performance will also be a priority for other schools
as the effort in energy efficiency continues in the district.
Shown in the photos below with the certifications are (1) Angus Smith, facilities manager for ASD-W, Bliss Carman Middle School Principal Chantale Cloutier, Vice-Principal Jamie Chiasson, Nadine Peters, assistant facilities manager for ASD-W, Tim Cross, energy manager at Service New Brunswick's Energy Management Group; (2) Jeff Durepos, electrician and maintenance/repair staff at Royal Road Elementary School, Nadine Peters, assistant facilities manager for ASD-W, Royal Road Elementary School Principal Sheila Legere, Angus Smith, facilities manager for ASD-W, and Tim Cross, energy manager at Service New Brunswick's Energy Management Group.
9/4/2019 4:00 PM|
Sep 04 2019, 4:09 PM|
Supply Teacher Orientation
Session for Fredericton and Oromocto
Thursday, August 29
Brunswick Teacher’s Association – 650 Montgomery St. Fredericton
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About 25 educators from across the province gathered in Fredericton July 11-12 for two days of professional learning about the benefits of including Indigenous games in the physical education curriculum.
The training goal was to promote inclusion in the public school system, while introducing or reconnecting students to recreational and sport activities that reflect the cultural heritage and traditions of First Nation communities.
Cole Wilson, a retired physical education consultant from Saskatoon, attended the sessions and served as keynote speaker. He said the training for educators, hosted by ASD-W, will help First Nations students feel more welcome at school, while also building on learning outcomes for all students taking part in physical education programs.
During the two days, educators were learning by doing - participating as a group in Indigenous games from the Eastern Woodlands such as relay, double ball, long ball, lacrosse, bone and toggle, stick and ring, hoop and dart, feather balance as well as traditional First Nations dancing.
Indigenous communities have a special bond with nature and many of their games were historically created to develop skills necessary for hunting and gathering food, while increasing physical activity, resilience, strength, coordination and agility.
"This can be an important learning experience for all students from physical, emotional, and social skills to spiritual well-being," Wilson noted. "Teaching is adapted to be culturally relevant and provide a holistic world view from the Indigenous lens."
Wilson said educators will continue to meet curricular outcomes, while challenging the school system to be more inclusive "so more kids can belong, engage and hold on." It's also a positive way to promote citizenship and social responsiblity.
"I've often found I'm not the only teacher in the room," he said. "My (First Nations) students have lessons too. What I learn from them makes me more culturally aware."
7/15/2019 11:00 AM|
Jul 15 2019, 2:28 PM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
Site selected for Hanwell school
26 June 2019
HANWELL (GNB) – A new school for 650 students in kindergarten through Grade 8 will be built in Hanwell next to the new Hanwell Community Centre.
“We heard from parents, students, educators and the district education council who were concerned about growing enrolment and overcrowding in Fredericton-area schools,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The new K-8 school in Hanwell will help address those concerns and keep students living in Hanwell closer to home.”
About 450 students in Hanwell are currently bused to and from schools in Fredericton, which takes between 30 and 60 minutes per trip, because there is no school in their community. The new facility is also expected to alleviate overcrowding in schools on Fredericton’s south side, where enrolment is rising and modular classrooms make up 16 per cent of all classrooms.
The school will feature 36 classrooms, an early childhood room; an outdoor learning area; two gyms; specialty learning spaces such as music rooms, a performing arts room, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces; and open project work areas for group collaboration.
The design will incorporate modern learning concepts, with the goal of creating an environment that engages learners of all ages and personalities, and promotes well-being among students.
A number of factors are taken into consideration when choosing a site for a new school, including community amenities, community school use, catchment area, accessibility of the site, available utilities, transportation strategies, natural site conditions and site size.
“The community has been actively lobbying for several years to have the opportunity to educate our children closer to home,” said Hanwell Mayor Susan Cassidy. “With today’s announcement of the school’s location, that will become a reality.”
An investment of $3 million was approved in the 2019-20 capital budget for the site selection phase, as well as for planning and design.
The next phase of the project, architectural planning, will proceed now that a location has been chosen.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. The school is expected to open in January 2022.
6/28/2019 10:00 AM|
Jun 28 2019, 9:44 AM|
Transportation and Infrastructure
Education and Early Childhood Development
Carbon monoxide monitors to be installed in schools
18 June 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that carbon monoxide monitors will be installed in about 160 provincial schools which have fuel-fired appliances.
Tenders were issued on June 3. Installation work will begin during the summer break and is expected to be completed before school heating systems are turned on this fall.
“The health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “I am proud that this initiative will help ensure our schools remain as safe as possible by providing monitoring devices for schools with fuel-fired appliances.”
“We have identified an opportunity to make our schools safer and we are working diligently to have this work completed,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “Each school requires an individual assessment and plan for installation, and while these assessments are ongoing, we are eager to get started.”
Once installed, these new systems will provide early detection and alerts should carbon monoxide be present in the schools. The devices were not installed in these schools initially as they are not required by the National Building Code of Canada, which is the standard the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure builds to.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur quickly and without notice,” said provincial fire marshal Michael Lewis. “It has no colour, taste or smell and does not irritate the eyes, nose or throat. Whether in the school or at home, installing a carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to ensure people’s safety.”
6/20/2019 10:00 AM|
Jun 20 2019, 9:04 AM|
Students at Park Street Elementary School gathered before a full gymnasium to showcase their accomplishments this school year, while marking ARCC (Awareness, Resiliency, Compassion, Community) Day on June 18.
"We can all be leaders here at Park Street School," the children sang to the school song. "It's the best possible place to grow."
Principal Rien Meesters said students were proud to celebrate ARCC Day and share what they have been learning and doing whether it be lessons in the classroom, passion projects with their teachers, fundraising and community service activities or taking part in monthly school assemblies.
"This day continues to grow and become a bigger event each year," Meesters said. "It's teacher and student driven and fits in with the province's 10-year education plan to build mental fitness and leadership."
"The students enjoy it," explained Vice-Principal Tarah Gauvin. "A lot of them get involved in a community piece and become aware of the world around them as well as the world within our school building."
On June 18, there were classroom visits, individual classes presenting special projects, performances in the gym, as well as displays of student art work, music composition and song writing, handmade crafts, baking club, gardening and nutrition, outdoor education, coding, sports and running club and more.
In community service, students raised between $4,000 and $5,000 for various local charities as well as help for the people of Haiti. The students decided what charities they would support after non-profit groups visited the school to explain what they do in the community.
During ARCC Day, student leaders led their own school assembly, outlining their school year, as their teachers and parents watched from the audience. There was a performance by students involved in musical theatre as well as the school choir and then all students joined in for the school song.
"It's really amazing to see what we can do in our school, our community and around the world," Grade 5 student Alex Shephard said from the podium.
"Let's take a moment to give ourselves a big round of applause," added Wyatt Wasson, Grade 5.
Other activities for ARCC Day included an outdoor race demonstration by the running club, outdoor games and a family picnic.
6/18/2019 2:00 PM|
Jun 18 2019, 3:02 PM|
Abigail Cartwright is a brave, young woman on a mission. She graduates from Leo Hayes High School this year with a long list of achievements under her belt, despite her personal struggle with serious health issues.
When she started high school, Cartwright was an athlete who planned many sports. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a group of disorders that affects
connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other
organs and tissues. It presents as a wide range of symptoms, ranging from
mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications.
"She did not let this stand in her way," said Vice-Principal Natalie Capson-Daniels. "She decided to find new things to do with her
time, and joined the Science Club, Free the Children, and Best Buddies. In
Grade 10, she became a Peer Mentor and took on a leadership role in both Peer
Mentors and Best Buddies. In September 2018, she was chosen as one of four LHHS
students to attend the Canadian Leadership Conference in Alberta. This summer,
she will be travelling to Ecuador to help build a school and has been helping
to raise he money to make this initiative happen."
Cartwright has also had an active role for the last two years in
the New Brunswick Youth Voice Committee. This committee focuses on the
Convention on the Rights of the Child’s Article 19, which states that “you have
the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind. " She has also assisted in training other young people, developing resources, and
working on strategies to keep children safe in New Brunswick and has presented
to UNICEF on behalf of Canada on strategies for youth safety.
"This is an impressive resume for anyone, but knowing what
Abby had to overcome everyday makes it even more extraordinary," Capson-Daniels explained.
At the start of Grade 10, Cartwright's health began to decline rapidly. By the start of Grade 11, her
right arm became useless and would constantly dislocate with her hips and
knees soon following suit. She was told that she needed to start water therapy,
or she would be confined to a wheelchair. She had an operation on her right
shoulder to stabilize it during exam week of Grade 11. Some nerves were damaged
in her neck and she was unable to swallow or talk, and was told that she would
need a feeding tube. She worked hard to overcome this. Six months later, she
had to have multiple surgeries on the same shoulder as it dislocated many
times and she would need to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance and sedated
in order to relocate it.
Cartwright is now set to graduate with the ability to use both
arms and muscle gain in her hips. She completed a dual credit program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB),
completing a first year computer science course this year. She has been
accepted into the engineering program at UNB and plans to attend McGill University after
that to obtain a degree in biomedical engineering. Her goal is to one day
return to UNB as a professor and create prosthetics.
6/7/2019 12:00 PM|
Jun 11 2019, 3:20 PM|
A retirement celebration in Oromocto June 8 recognized over 90 employees of ASD-W who have served the education system in various capacities and from many different positions through several years. They included district staff, teachers, principals, vice-principals, educational assistants, custodians and bus drivers. All had reached an important milestone, marking the completion of their successful careers with the district.
"We all know it is bittersweet to leave a workplace you have enjoyed," said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. "The place we work and the people we know grow to mean so much to us. The changes and challenges we have experienced through the years stay with us in our collective memories. But it is the students and those we have see go on to achieve great things that make us the most proud. The children have been our inspiration and greatest reward."
Blaney told the retirees whatever their job description, their work and commitment have strengthened district operations through the years, and they would not be forgotten by their colleagues as they begin a new stage of life.
"You have made an important contribution to education, while following our vision and our values for excellence, teamwork, professionalism and shared leadership," she said. "You have each played a key role in creating a safe and positive learning environment for our students across every corner of the district. Now is the time for new beginnings. The world is out there waiting for you with new rivers to swim and new mountains to climb. Just imagine the possiblities - you have earned it."
Shown in the photos below are long-serving employees (1) Haldean Alward, bus driver, Doaktown; (2) Clarence Carr, custodian, Hartland; (3) Dorothy Duncan, district office, Fredericton; (4) Betty Hawkins, educational assistant, Harvey; (5) Angela Boudreau, teacher, Chipman; (6) Cheryl Miles, teacher/learning specialist, Fredericton; (7) Brent Shaw, teacher, Harvey; (8) Rita Sivitilli, teacher, Chipman; (9) Joan Corey, teacher, Oromocto; (10) Joanne Eales, teacher, McAdam; (11) Karen Little, teacher, Fredericton; (12) Michel Lanteigne, teacher, Geary; (13) Brenda Cameron, teacher, Fredericton; (14) Connie Boone, bus driver, Hartland; (15) Jocelyn Doucet, teacher, Burton; (16) Donna Marie Langille, teacher, Bristol; (17) Heather Sharpe, teacher, Hartland: (18) Carol Irving, teacher, Woodstock.
6/10/2019 2:00 PM|
Jun 11 2019, 8:37 AM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
Amendments introduced to immunization record requirements
07 June 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government introduced legislative amendments today that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions. The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public Health Act.
“Our highest priority is the health and safety of New Brunswick students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “These changes will help make sure as many children as possible are vaccinated and help protect the most vulnerable members of society.”
The legislative amendments would require students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities – either currently enrolled in or being admitted for the first time – to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.
The Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021 and would:
- remove sections in both acts that allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization records or medical exemption; and
- result in modifications to the Licensing Regulation – Early Childhood Services Act which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act.
“I am proud to be introducing these changes,” said Cardy. “Vaccines are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many diseases, some of which can be life threatening, especially for individuals with compromised immune systems.”
6/7/2019 2:00 PM|
Jun 07 2019, 1:18 PM|
Autism Learning Partnership, a branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is beginning a consultation process with parents/guardians of preschool and school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Learning Partnership seeks to understand the needs of parents in terms of training on autism spectrum disorder in order to be able to develop resources that will specifically address these needs.
A survey is underway to gather important and essential information to identify priorities for the development of future training initiatives.
The survey is posted on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/alpparentsurveyjune2019
Following the survey, in-person focus groups will be held with parents who have demonstrated an interest in becoming more involved in the process.
For more information, contact Lynn Gaudet at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 506-238-0243.
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