Students from seven different elementary schools across TLDSB showed off their musical talents at the third annual Rockfest on June 21 at Huntsville Public School. The afternoon concert involved students from grades four to eight showing off their talents to a panel of judges. Huntsville PS, Watt PS, Bracebridge PS, Muskoka Beechgrove PS, Spruce Glen PS, Mariposa ES and Monck PS all took part in the event.
A Walk ‘n’ Roll to School day was held in June in Muskoka to engage youth, support healthy living and bicycle safety and rekindle a love for the outdoors. A safe drop off area was arranged for each school. Parents were encouraged to join in and cycle with students to school. Bussed students were able to participate in a community walk once they arrived at school. Each school ran various activities focused on bicycle safety, road awareness, and fun.
Providing Safe, Caring, and Inclusive Learning Environments
Student competitors at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. There were students from Bobcaygeon Public School, Central Senior School, and Muskoka Falls Public School.
There were 47 students from across the district that were signed as registered apprentices.
Number of days that staff from 41 elementary schools met for professional learning community meetings.
Students who attended the Power to Change Camp.
Power to Change
TLDSB educators worked with partners from Free the Children to develop a program that would assist students to channel their leadership skills to make a difference in their own life, the life of their school, and the life of their community. Students attending the camp had previously demonstrated relational aggression at their school. The value in the Power to Change camp is helping students to see their own potential not just by being a leader in their school community but also a leader in life.
Understanding the T in Transgender: Transgender Guidelines were developed and Professional Learning was developed for administrative staff and schools.
Early Years Learning
Number of schools with JK – Grade 3.
Of the 35 schools, 20 of them offer both before and after childcare.
Of the 35 schools, 10 of them offer off-site childcare.
5 of the schools do not offer childcare.
Working at heights training was completed with 131 custodial and maintenance staff.
Level 2 Joint Health and Safety Committee Training was completed for 19 staff.
Professional development was provided on the use of Restorative Practices and circles in the the classroom.
Increasing Mental Health Understanding to Reduce Stigma
Roots of Empathy
Roots of Empathy is a classroom program where a baby and parent visit a classroom every few weeks. The engagement students have with the baby and the resulting understanding learned can reduce levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social and emotional competence and increase empathy.
A program combining martial arts and self-regulation was piloted in 7 schools. Young Warriors Training took place with TLDSB staff and community mental health partners.
Schools participated in ASIST Training.
All elementary schools have one person trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Roots of Empathy Instructors were trained.
Staff who were certified in mental health first aid.
Valuing the Strength of Everyone’s Voice
TLDSB believes in supporting the well-being of all. We also value the strength of everyone’s voice.