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									           Voice of the Vaughan Voyageurs
 Issue 2                                                                              Week of November 1, 2004

Allan Hoyle, Principal          November 1:      Senior Boys’ Volleyball Tournament all day at V.S.S. Come out and
                                                 cheer on your favourites
John Glezakos, Vice-
Principal, A – L                November 4:    Jr. & Sr. Boys’ Volleyball matches at Saint Joan of Arc vs. Holy Cross
Annette Oliver, Vice-                 and the host school
Principal, M – Z
                                November 9       Jr. & Sr. Boys’ Volleyball Zone Playdowns – all day
Trustee: Alan Shefman                            Sr. Girls’ Basketball at Saint Joan of Arc

School Council Chair:
Joe Jonsson

                                    From Our Principal’s Desk

We are now two months into the school year, and a lot has been happening at Vaughan.

We would like to welcome these new staff:

               Karl Anderson                      Science/Mathematics
               Robert Carullo                     Mathematics
               Jeff Jarvis                        English/History
               Carrie Tellier                     Office Staff

You will notice that there have been some changes at the front of the school: there is a brand new
Vaughan Secondary School sign – new letters are coming and eventually this will be lighted, providing
better visibility. In addition, the Environment Club has been working to improve the gardens by planting
many plants and dressing the ground. Trees have been trimmed, weeds removed, and generally the work
has given the front of the school a facelift. Thanks to the club and Mr. Petinarelis for organizing this

Traffic flow has become an issue at the front of the school as well. New signs are in the process of being
installed, and in the near future the yellow markings will be repainted. All Vaughan community
members can help by observing the one-way traffic flow, from west to east, at the front of the school.
The safety of our students is paramount, and traffic must only flow in one direction. Please enter the
grounds by the lights at the Community Centre if you need to park at the front of the school – as always,
your help is appreciated.

You will see in this newsletter that Vaughan Secondary – and the York Region District School Board –
is embarking on a campaign to help the Stephen Lewis Foundation with its work to alleviate suffering
from HIV/AIDS in Africa. Very soon, students will be embarking on actions to raise awareness and
funds for the Foundation. Please contact John Glezakos, Shirley Smullen or Ellen Rass if you have
questions or would like to help.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Should you have suggestions or comments, or have a question
you would like to ask, please call the school at 905-660-1397, or e-mail me at

                                        Stephen Lewis Foundation

On Wednesday October 13th, several students spent the day at Markham District High School to attend a
forum on The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Bill Hogarth, the Director of Education for The York Region District School Board, gave the opening
address. The students heard various speakers, who provided them with a glimpse into some of the
realities facing Africa today. They heard moving stories about mothers and children suffering from the
HIV/ AIDS virus and the overwhelming suffering this disease has caused to a diminishing population.
Students were encouraged to go back to their school community and raise awareness about this situation,
and also to come together to fundraise in order to help to alleviate the plight of the millions of African
women and children dying of AIDS.

On Wednesday, October 20th, we held two assemblies at Vaughan to present this information to our
students. Grade 9s saw a video, and then returned to their classes for a discussion; Grade 11 and 12
students heard Janine Maxwell, a dynamic speaker who has been to Africa several times to work in
orphanages in Kenya.

The students of Vaughan are committed to helping ease the pain and suffering in Africa and are planning
various educational and fundraising events for the coming months.

We are inviting parents to become involved in supporting our students in these endeavours. For further
information, please visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.

                                                      Shirley Smullen
                                                      Head of Guidance
                                  From Our Coaches Corner

Vagharshak Bakhshyan, our MVP of Rugby 7s for the 2004/2005 Fall Season, scored one try and made
numerous outstanding plays throughout the many games. Congratulations!!!

In a qualifying round on Tuesday, October 5th, at Cardinal Golf and Country Club, Vaughan Secondary
School's Senior Golf team, represented by Jeremy Einhorn, Cody Pickard, Kevin Sukhram, Ben
Silverman and Andrew Wayne, placed strongly enough to qualify for the York Region Finals. Last
Thursday, October 14th, these same students played in the Final York Region Tournament at Angus
Glen. We are still awaiting finalized results to see if any of our golfers will advance to the O.F.S.S.A.
Championship in the spring. We will keep you posted!

Honorary mentions must go to our Junior Golf Team who also participated in the qualifying round at
Cardinal Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, October 5th. Congratulations are extended to Michael
Chau, Brent Robbins, Nathan Seef and Sean Sepus. Here's to next year!

                             From the Geography Department

On Thursday, October 14th, six students were interviewed by the Toronto Star: Shirelle Goodman, Sally
Suen, Rebecca Blackman, Vincente Apa, Tarun Rampersad and Shlomo Shitrit. The students were
asked to give their opinions on the proposed provincial legislation to create a Greenbelt north of the
city. Their interview was featured in the Saturday Star on October 30th. Congratulations!

                              From the Guidance Department

   On Monday October 18th, 40 senior level students went on a field trip to the College Information
   Fair at the Metro Convention Centre. On the same evening, parents and students were invited to
   attend a scholarship information session, led by Mike Howell, Vice-Principal and author of three
   books on scholarships.

   Please come to Guidance to collect further information on scholarships. Scholarship profiles are to
   be submitted to Ms.Weismiller in the Guidance office.

   Our in-house college and university sessions have been well attended by our senior level students.
   Information on future sessions and sign-up sheets are available in Guidance.

   Take Our Kids To Work Day for the grade 9's will take place on November 3rd. Please ensure
   permission forms are returned to Ms.Weismiller.
Grade 12 students who have received notes from Guidance need to speak with their alpha-counselors
about their graduation requirements. Please make the time to do this.

Ms Benita Friedlander, an outreach social worker is at VSS every Monday morning to assist students
with various issues. Please speak with a counselor if you require this service.

The bulletin boards outside the Guidance office post up-to-date information on university and
college programs and open houses, on-line resources, scholarship opportunities, volunteer
opportunities and other information items. Please come by to keep informed.

                                          Peer Mediation

Our peer mediators are preparing to initiate a new program with Charlton Public School. Our peer
mediators will be going to Charlton to work with younger students to model conflict resolution
skills. This is a new endeavour for VSS mediators, who are enthusiastic about this new partnership.

For further information about this new program, please see Ms Smullen in Guidance.

                                    Volunteer Opportunities

Alzheimer Society – needs volunteers to run the coat check at Upper Canada Mall from Dec 1st to
City of Vaughan – needs gymnastics coaches (need Level 1 coaching).

Community Information & Volunteer Centre – www.CIVC.ca

For more information, check the volunteer board or speak to Mrs. Avery in guidance.

            Other Opportunities (Enrichment, Leadership, Community Groups etc.)

Katimavik – for students 17 – 21 years old - 9 months living away from home in 3 provinces,
discovering Canada, training in leadership skills, official languages, the environment, cultural
discovery, and healthy lifestyle
                www.katimavik.org
House of Commons Page Program – for students fluent in English & French, who are in their first
year in a university in the Ottawa area and wish to work as a Page at the House of Commons
                Deadline Monday December 6, 2004
                http://www.parl.gc.ca under “Quick Links” – “Youth Programs”
Parliament Hill Forum – spend a week on Parliament Hill learning about how the government works
                www.forum.ca
Health Care Studies Program – available at Huron Heights S.S. – students will receive 4 certificates
& 8 high school credits

For more information, check the guidance board or speak to Mrs. Avery in guidance.
                      From the Technological Studies Department

                                                  Grade 9

We have finished our wooden cars. The students learned how to use a variety of tools and equipment.
Our literacy project "Joe Cool" is turning out great. The students learn how to use the digital camera and
demonstrate what they have learned about safety while practicing their literacy skills for their test in
grade 10. We are about to start our next major project which is the ZOOM--ZOOM car. Here they will
build on the skills learned in the wooden car project in addition to learning about gears ratio, pulleys,
switches, motors, orthographic and oblique drawings. We will test the car for speed and distance.
TECHNOLOGY ... don't leave home without it !

                                            From YRDSB

The York Region District School Board is currently looking to hire approximately 150 supply
educational assistants.

   Job specifics: The supply educational assistant needs to be available, on short notice, to cover for ill
    or absent full time educational assistants. The applicant needs to be willing to work with special
    needs students, in a variety of settings, in a variety of schools

   Duties: The position provides support to special needs students. Duties may include the lifting,
    transferring, feeding and toileting of special needs students.

   Qualifications: Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent required.

   Rate of Pay: $10.25 per hour plus 4% vacation pay.

   How to apply: Please visit our website at www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca Click on "Careers" and then
    click on "Opportunities At Our Board". Select “Casual Educational Assistants” and follow the
    prompts to apply on-line.

                                               Traffic Flow

All parents dropping-off or picking-up students should be aware that our front parking lot/driveway is
for traffic traveling EASTBOUND ONLY. There are “NO ENTRY” signs posted at the east end of this
loop. All traffic must proceed from WEST to EAST.
                                  Character Matters e-Newsbrief

Once again, we welcome all parents to view past and current issues of a brand new e-brief published by
Character Matters of the YRDSB on behalf of character educators across Ontario. At the site
http://yrlc.on.ca/charactermatters/attribute/, you will also be able to subscribe to this bi-weekly publication. We
encourage you to make a contributory story if you so wish. Please feel free to share this website with

                                            Upcoming Events

                            The Earth Charter Mini-Festival & Fair Trade Bazaar

The Earth Charter Festival Committee at VSS is planning several activities and events over the year to
help raise funds to assist families suffering from the pandemic of HIV-AIDS in Africa. Our first event
will be the Earth Charter Mini-Fest on December 8, 2004. We are planning a Fair Trade Bazaar where
hand-made items from developing regions of the world will be sold. The greater community of Vaughan
is invited to take part in this bazaar to be held in the atrium of our school. The festival supports the
vision of the Earth Charter which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just,
sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Human rights and environmental grassroots
organizations will facilitate workshops at the festival to help engage students in issues concerning social
justice and ecological integrity. They will also set up booths in the atrium to provide students with
information on various local and international projects and how to get involved.

The Earth Charter Festival Committee will also be planning a mini-festival for February 23 and a larger
two-day festival with music, art, theatre and more on May 18 and 19, 2005. As a school-wide
initiative, the festivals are a celebration of our diversity and will help us as a community to embrace a
new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family
and the larger living world. This is a collaborative effort that seeks to forge inclusive solutions through
the dialogue and action of our students, teachers, administration and other members of our school
Sally Janzen (sally.janzen@yrdsb.edu.on.ca), Teacher and Co-Advisor with all teachers of the Earth
Charter Festival Committee.

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November 3:                      Take Our Kids to Work
November 25:                     Mid-Semester Reports
January 10 – 21:                 Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
January 27 – February 2:         Evaluation Days
February 7:                      Semester 2 Begins
February 10:                  Grade 8 Parents’ Night
March 11:                     Letters of Concern Mailing
March 31:                     Parents’ Night
April 26:                     Mid-Semester Reports
May 26:                       Prom
June 6 – 17:                  Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
June 21 – 27:                 Evaluation Days

                                          Empathy Quote:
      “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
                                        how you made them feel.”

                           Student Transportation Services of York Region

For all school bus information including inclement weather and a daily “Late Bus Report”, visit

We encourage you to share this publication with other interested VSS parents. In order to subscribe, ask
them to email us at vaughan.ss@yrdsb.edu.on.ca

For further information, visit our school website www.vaughanss.on.ca

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