Eric Graves Memorial Junior High School
FEBRUARY, 2012 NEWSLETTER Phone: 435-8325
School Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Safe Arrival: 435-8325
School Website: www.egmjh.ednet.ns.ca
Principal’s Message to remain effective in today’s classroom, teachers must be
As Mr. Sinclair and I settle into our new roles as Acting Vice continuously looking at strategies to improve their practice.
Principal and Acting Principal, Eric Graves continues to be a The needs of society and of our students continue to change.
busy and effective learning environment. I would like to Professional development is crucial and today, the most
welcome Mr. John Munro as the grade 9 Math, Science and promising context for continuous professional learning is the
grade 7-8-9 Tech Ed teacher. professional learning community. In 2010, the Minister of
We are approximately half way through second term so it is Education struck a committee – the Professional Learning
important for students to continue focusing on their work and Communities (PLC) Study Committee – to study this topic and
also completing any outstanding assignments / projects. Please make recommendations to government. The report of the PLC
contact the teacher if you have questions about your child’s Study Committee can be found on the Department of
progress. Education website at:
The yearly registration process is now underway. All students
coming into grade 7 or going to grade 10 need to complete a Destination ImagiNation
registration form for their new school. ***Grade 10 All the teams have been working very hard on their challenges
registration forms for Prince Andrew have been sent with and things are really starting to come together. For parents of
this newsletter and are due to Miss Medynski by Monday Feb students belonging to DI, here are two important upcoming
13, 2012.*** dates to note:
High School Course Selection 1. Sunday, February 26th -- We will be having an all
To begin the process of grade 10 course selection a Prince day practice from 9:00 -3:00 at the school. This will
Andrew 2012-2013 course selection booklet and a “working be a chance for teams to run through performances,
copy” for course selection is being sent home with this get props completed, work out glitches, practice
newsletter to each grade 9 student. With the introduction of instant challenges, etc. Lunch will be provided.
PowerSchool the course selection will eventually be completed 2. Saturday, March 24th -- The Regional Tournament
on line but students and parents need to have courses chosen will take place at Auburn Drive High School. I don't
prior to completing the online component. Mr. Sinclair is now have the official times as of yet, but it's an all day
preparing Math recommendations for each grade 9 student and event. Last year, we were there from about 9:00-3:00.
Mr. Ingram is available to parents and students who have You will be able to watch your child's performance.
questions about courses. More information is available on Feb
23 at 6:30pm at Prince Andrew during the grade 10 parent Woozles Battle of the Books
information evening. The Battle of the Books team has been reading their way
through the book list for their upcoming competitions. The
O2 – Options and Opportunities team will compete at Woozles on Thursday, February 23rd at
Speakers recently came to Eric Graves from Prince Andrew 4:00 p.m. against Sacred Heart and Monday, March 5th at 4:00
High School to explain the O2 program to our students. O2 p.m. against Bedford South.
offers students more hands-on learning experiences with a
career focus. It's designed to prepare students for successful Canspell Spelling Bee
transitions from high school to work, a career path, or a post- Congratulations to William Mann who came out as top speller
secondary program. PA High only accepts 20 students from its at Eric Graves! William will be moving on to the Chronicle
3 feeder schools and applications forms are available from Mr. Herald Regional Spelling Bee on February 25th at Citadel
Ingram. For more information please check out High’s Spatz Theatre.
http://www.ednet.ns.ca/O2 or contact Mr. Ingram.
Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
IB – International Baccalaureate March is National Engineering Month. As a part of it, junior
Speakers recently came to Eric Graves from Prince Andrew high school students from across Nova Scotia are invited to
High School to explain the IB program to our students. IB is a compete in the 7th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
rigorous pre–university program delivered in grade 11 and 12 for grades 7 – 9. This year’s challenge will be held Saturday,
that meets with strict international standards. Students have the March 24th at Mic Mac Mall. Eric Graves has done very well
option of entering a ‘pre-IB program’ in their grade 10 year at in the past and we are looking forward to having several
Prince Andrew High to prepare for the full IB program in entrants again this year.
grades 11 & 12. For more information please check out and
information video at Out of the Cold Shelter
http://dvl.ednet.ns.ca/videos/ib-something-bigger or the IB On behalf of the shelter, we would like to thank the families of
website at www.ibo.org or contact Mr. Ingram. Eric Graves who gave generously to this cause. Your support
will make a huge difference to those out in the cold this winter.
Acting Principal Listen to the Children
Listen to the Children was founded by Logan MacGillivray
Grade 9 Graduation Photos when he was only 10 years old. He recently participated in Eric
Photos will be taken in the morning of February 21st. Graves’ Grade 7 Learning Conference and spoke to the entire
student body about the work he was doing for the children of
Professional Learning Communities Sierra Leone.
When teachers learn, students learn. Teaching quality is
improved through continuous professional learning. In order
As a follow up, a small group of concerned Grade 7 and 8 This year we hope to have both a boy’s and a girl’s team.
students have been meeting to come up with ways to raise
money to support Listen to the Children. If possible, we Head Coach - Ms. Syms
encourage all students and families to support these fund Assistant Coach - Jessica Kimber (former EGMJH student giving
raisers in their efforts. If you are interested in more back)
information please check out:
http://www.listentothechildren.net Athletic Council
March Break Activities The Athletic Council will be around to home room classes to ask
For those youth looking to stay active during March break a people to sign up for NHL (Noon Hockey League) and the NBA
few opportunities have come to our attention. (Noon Basketball League). These leagues are open to any EGMJH
student who would like to be part of a team.
Atlantic Film Festival - With support from the Nova Scotia The following is the new schedule for noon intramurals:
Teachers Union, ViewFinders presents the NSTU PSA Series--
part of a year-round series of ViewFinders Productions that act Monday – NHL
as a launch pad for young talent, connecting them with the film Tuesday – NBA
industry. http://www.atlanticfilm.com/festivals/viewfinders Wednesday – each month one Wednesday will be dedicated to
and look for the link NSTU PSA series one grade level, the 4th Wednesday will be girls only day 1st = 7,
2nd = 8, 3rd = 9, 4th = girls only
NS College of Art and Design – is hosting several March Thursday – Badminton Club
break camps. These are weeklong ‘day’ camps (no overnight) Friday – Dodgeball
that focus on fine art. Camps are available for youth interested
in painting and drawing, printmaking, wearable art, outdoor art Students, with the exception of athletic council, are not permitted in
and sketchbook development. the gym until the bell at 12 noon. As well, please no food or drink
http://nscad.ca/en/home/academicprograms/extendedstudies/yo (other than water in the gym).
Students of the Month
NS Sea School – is hosting a week long wilderness camp.
This winter go on an adventure unlike any other! Few people Congratulations to the students listed below whom have been
get outside this time of year and take advantage of how chosen as the Student of the Month for the month of January
magical it is. In the beautiful 100 acre wilderness at 2012. These students are chosen by their teachers as having
Brigadoon Village, our instructors will show you a whole new made an outstanding positive contribution to the environment
world of fun and outdoor skills by building shelters, bow drill of the school and classroom. Each student receives a
fires, tracking, cooking and exploring. certificate as recognition of their achievement, and a small
http://nscad.ca/en/home/academicprograms/extendedstudies/yo prize. Each student’s picture is taken and displayed on our
uth/march-break-camps.aspx “Student of the Month” showcase.
Upstage Studios – Interested in Acting / Dancing / Singing – 701 Lillian Adams
Dartmouth Players Youth Program - Upstage Studios - Is 702 Sarah Smith
hosting a March Break Camp for young women and men
entitled 2012 HAIRSPRAY – March 12 to March 16, 2012 – 801 Hayden Hicks-Redden
9:00 a.m. until 4:00p.m. – Ages 8 – 18 – Performance is 4:00 802 Abigail Hodder
p.m., March 16th. 803 Katelyn Newell
901 Julie Pace
If you know of other interesting March Break opportunities for 902 Julia Sweeney
Junior High aged youth please contact Mr. Ingram or Ms
Beuckx and we will try and add it to our March break bulletin Top Tigers
Two students are chosen each week to be our Top Tigers.
Tigers Tails Athletics News These students are chosen for their positive behaviour and
contributions to our school.
The girls have been having a great season so far winning 3 out Our Top Tigers since the last newsletter are:
of 4 of our regular season games! We have one final game this Jan. 9th – Jan. 13th Emma Beaudoin and
Thursday against Gaetz Brook and then we'll be into play-offs. Megan Vigneau
Stay tuned for the play-off schedule. Jan. 16th – Jan. 20th Evan McCoy and Owen Trask
Jan. 23rd – Jan. 27th Morgan MacDonald and
Hockey Laila Noujaim
The hockey team would like to thank Coach Slaunwhite for his Jan. 30th – Feb. 3rd Brianne Murphy and
dedication to the team this year. The team showed school pride Brandon Highmore
and a positive attitude throughout the season. Our final games
of the year are Feb 22 vs Ellenvale at 3pm at the Bowles and Important Dates to Remember
Mar 5 vs Ross Road at 3pm at the Bowles.
February 9 – School Dance – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Badminton Team Tryouts: February 13 – Grade 7 Immunizations
Gr. 7 tryout will be this Thursday, Feb. 9th from 3-4pm. February 13 – SAC Meeting – 5:00 p.m.
Following this try out a list will be posted and those gr. 7 February 17 – Professional Development Day -
students will be invited back for two final try outs, to be held No Students Present
on Mon. Feb. 13th and Thurs. Feb. 16th, from 3-4:30pm. February 21 – Grade 9 Graduation Photos
Head Coach - Ms. Syms February 23 – Grade 10 Parent Information Session
@ Prince Andrew – 6:30 p.m.
Indoor Field Hockey February 27 – March 1 – Grade 9 Department of
Try outs will take place following the wrap up of the Education Junior High School Literacy
basketball season. If you are interested in finding out more Assessment (JHLA)
about this fun and fast paced sport go to you tube:
FIH Indoor World Cup Poznan 2011 - Highlights Day 4 (11