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Outers trail building
Outers 2018-2019: Ojibwa Campground trail builders
11/05/2018
On Oct. 20, the group of Outers from Atikokan High School, along with director Brad Gascoigne and teacher Sherri Dragan (and Trevor Gibb and Chris Stromberg from Ojibwa Campground) undertook an ambitious project: reestablishing a couple of beach access trails there. This involved installing wooden water bars and stops as erosion controls, and hauling in and placing a half truck load of gravel.
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Musical revue
FFHS musical revue set for next week
11/02/2018
Fort Frances High School students will be bringing some rays of sunshine into the Townshend Theatre on Nov. 8-10 for their "Shades of Yellow and Sunshine"-themed fall musical revue.
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FFHS Fall Play
Fort High staging fairy tale mashup
10/26/2018
A load of good laughs, great times, and awesome performances are coming to the Townshend Theatre. Running tonight through Sunday (Oct. 26-28) from 7:00-9:00 p.m., "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" will be performed by Fort High students in Grades 7-12.
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Lions Eyescreening
RRDSB promoting Children's Vision Month
10/17/2018
As children are settling into the new school year, it’s important that they are seeing properly. With October being Children’s Vision Month, the Rainy River District School Board wants to remind parents and guardians to ensure their child is ready to learn – and this starts with an eye exam from an optometrist.
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Bicycle Tech Ways program
School board puts out call for used bicycles
10/11/2018
Learning how bicycles operate, and understanding how to repair them, can be key to helping students explore different educational pathways.
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Outdoor classroom
Learning in an outdoor classroom
10/10/2018
Last week during a conference entitled "Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning," educators from across the province got to see the effects of an outdoor classroom first hand.
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Terry Fox Run
Terry Fox Run
09/27/2018
Students at schools across the Rainy River District School Board participated in Terry Fox Runs/Walks on September 27th, raising money and awareness for cancer research and honouring loved ones, as well as the Canadian hero who set out on a cross-Canada run in 1980.
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Franco-Ontarien Day
Journée des Franco-Ontariens
09/25/2018
On September 25, students at Robert Moore School acknowledged Franco-Ontarien Day. Information about the day was presented to all students during morning announcements. The French classes listened to a Franco-Ontarien song, looked at maps of French populations in Ontario, were introduced to a few famous Franco-Ontariens, and played Kahoot answering questions about the Franco-Ontarien flag. The Grade Four class finished the day by making and learning about the Franco-Ontarien flag.
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TD Tree Days
TD Tree Days
09/24/2018
Employees from TD and the MNR, as well as the Rainy River District Stewardship and other volunteers helped out during "TD Tree Days" on Sept. 22 to plant 150 trees at J.W. Walker School. The newly-planted trees, once grown, will help to create a wind block and shady areas to protect students from UV rays on the playground.
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Atikokan school
Latest on the K-12 school projects
09/20/2018
The Rainy River District School Board updated the new area MPPs on the two major projects the Board has launched -- the development of K-12 schools in Rainy River and Atikokan.
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First Student
Bus issues cause hectic first day back
09/13/2018
First Student, the new student transportation company here, says it has been working hard to resolve busing issues after having a hectic first day of school last Wednesday.
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Bus driver controversy cools in first face-to-face meeting
09/10/2018
It appears a simmering controversy regarding the new school bus contract is being sorted out. A dozen Atikokanites, including two veteran drivers, reps from the North Star and St. Pat's school councils, Rainbow Centre, and two candidates in the upcoming municipal election, met with First Student location manager Della Spencer last week.
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Shallin Scott
Me to We trip to India enjoyed
09/05/2018
A Fort Frances High School student selected as one of the winners of the Rainy River District School Board's travel scholarship recently embarked on a Me to We trip to India.
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Me to We
Samantha Ribey with Me to We in Ecuador
08/27/2018
For two weeks in July, Grade 11 student, Samantha Ribey ventured to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador on a volunteer trip with the Me to We organization.
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Atikokan High School
School cuts won't be felt here
07/19/2018
Last week's announcement that the province will cut $100 million in funding for school repairs will not affect the K-12 project in Atikokan. The cuts were to a special fund which is specifically designed to help school boards pay for projects that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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AHS graduation
AHS graduates 42 students
07/06/2018
AHS saw one of its larger graduation ceremonies on June 22. A total of 42 young Atikokanites were awarded their Ontario Secondary School diplomas at Grayson Hall.
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Jody Labossiere
School shows appreciation to retiring principal
07/04/2018
The staff and students of North Star Community School had a big surprise for their retiring principal Jody Labossiere on the final day of school.
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FFHS grad
FFHS salutes class of '18
06/28/2018
The Ice For Kids Arena once again was packed as Fort Frances High School held its annual graduation ceremony on June 21, 2018. Fort High principal Bill Daley shared words of encouragement with the graduates and reassuring them they have learned all the knowledge and skills needed to take the next steps on their journey.
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RRHS Grad
RRHS bids farewell to grads
06/27/2018
Rainy River High School students celebrated their graduation on June 20, with a ceremony taking place in the school’s gym. Following the distribution of awards, the graduates received their diplomas, Ontario Scholars, and bursaries.
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Outers trip
Outers' twelve-day a resounding success
06/26/2018
The 53rd Outers spring twelve-day trip was an overwhelming success said both girls' trip leader Brad Gascoigne and boys' trip leader Mike Krassey. The group of 18 students returned on June 19.
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Katelyn Bruyere
FFHS student heading to SHAD
06/21/2018
Katelyn Bruyere for Fort Frances is among a record number of students who will travel to various locations across Canada on July 1 to participate in the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program SHAD.
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Hoop dancer
Hoop dancer spreading awareness
06/20/2018
Donald Young School students filled the gym there on June 15 for an electric traditional hoop dancing performance by an Indigenous teen who has Aspergers. River Christie-White, from the Onedia Nation of the Thames located southwest of London, Ont., visited DYS to give a "Hoops for Hope" presentation.
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CRS garden
Garden helping students grow
06/20/2018
A group of students from Crossroads School headed to Lowey's Greenhouse in May to purchase plants for their school's community garden. The garden, which was started up last year as part of "Project Sunset," an OPP-led program, is meant to beautify the school and promote pro-social behaviour.
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AHS band
Students show off talents at AHS Gala
06/19/2018
There was a good turnout at the AHS gala on May 30. Every table was utilized and there was a massive buffet for guests to enjoy while students highlighted a variety of talents, including a performance by the AHS band and a demonstration by the robotics team.
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AHS Grade 8 Grads
AHS Junior Grads receive awards
06/19/2018
The Grade 8 students at Atikokan High School graduated on June 12 and a number of awards were handed out.
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AHS culinary
Students get a taste of the big city tourist experience
06/15/2018
Eight Atikokan High School students got a taste of urban tourism earlier this month during a four-day expedition to Minneapolis.
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DYS gym section to be renovated this summer
06/07/2018
After completion of the new classroom wing at Donald Young School in Emo late last year, renovations to the gymnasium section are to begin once classes break for summer.
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Lions eveyscreening
RRDSB appreciative of Lions Club vision screening
06/05/2018
Local Lions Club volunteers spent a second consecutive year conducting eye screenings of students in Rainy River District School Board schools.
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AHS salutes outstanding student achievements
06/04/2018
Students at Atikokan High School were recognized for their unique strengths during the annual Courage to Care awards assembly.
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Student Vote
Student Vote
06/01/2018
Students at Fort Frances High School voted in a faux provincial election this morning to help them learn about government and the electoral process.
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Ojibwe language cards
Art project helping students connect with Ojibwe language
05/29/2018
As part of TakingITGlobal's Connected North program, Rainy River District School Board students are learning about Ojibwe language and culture through art.
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AHS GSA assembly
Love is about Love, Not Gender
05/25/2018
RRHS staff and students wore shirts to highlight the message of their GSA assembly this morning - "Love is about Love, Not Gender."
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Student earns 3rd bronze Canada-Wide Science Fair
05/24/2018
Fort Frances High School student, Angie Redford, has returned home from the Canada-Wide Science Fair with her third straight bronze medal.
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AHS Gala to showcase success in math and arts
05/24/2018
Atikokan High School will host a gala to celebrate students' success in art and math on Wednesday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m.
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Dr. Greg Wells
High school students urged to 'be wise' about their health
05/24/2018
A youth conference entitled “Be Well. Be Wise,” was held May 15, featuring presenters from the Northwestern Health Unit, group activities, and a keynote by Dr. Greg Wells.
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Speech contest winners
Speech Contest winners announced
05/24/2018
A total of 11 students from eight schools participated in the Rainy River District School Board Speech Contest on May 23, 2018 hosted at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances.
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Secondary students successful in DELF testing
05/23/2018
During Education Week earlier this month, 16 Grade 12 students from Fort Frances High School and Atikokan High School
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Students set to stencil anti-pollution message
05/18/2018
What goes down the storm drain goes into the watershed
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Engagement lunches
05/17/2018
Engagement lunches working to improve lines of communication
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Woman bringing art to schools
05/17/2018
An indigenous artist hosted an art workshop at Crossroads School in Devlin on May 9 for its "Parent Engagement Night,"
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The tradition of Quilt Making isn't lost
05/17/2018
The Grade 10 Family Studies class at Fort Frances held a Quilt Display Day on May 10
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Chess Tournament
05/09/2018
Crossroads School hosted its annual Chess Tournament on Tuesday, May 8
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North Star School Being Saluted by Board
05/01/2018
North Star School in Atikokan will receive the Rainy River District School Board's monthly recognition of excellence for its “I'm Here” campaign
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FFHS SET TO STAGE MUSICAL
04/26/2018
Fort Frances High School students hope to have audiences in stitches next week during their upcoming production of Monty Python's "Spamalot."
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French students on ten-day trek across Europe
04/26/2018
"No one wanted to come back." That's how teacher Sylvie Cyr described the feeling as 13 AHS students and 20 from Fort Frances High reached the final day of their fabulous excursion through Switzerland and the south of France.
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Robotics team makes it to Ontario district championship
04/26/2018
An outpouring of support - corporate, commercial, and personal - got the Atikokan Voyageur robotics team to the Ontario district championships in Mississauga last weekend, where they turned in another strong performance.
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FFHS to host Water Walk
04/25/2018
This Thursday (April 26) from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Fort Frances High School students and staff will try to bring awareness to what those in Third World countries have to go through to get enough water for one day.
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Connect North Program lauded
04/19/2018
Students at Fort Frances High School, Mine Centre School, and McCrosson Tovell School all have been able to speak with experts, and see new places from the comfort of their classroom, thanks to the Rainy River District School Board's “Connected North” program.
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Public Board salutes staff, students
04/19/2018
The Rainy River District School Board shone a light on staff and students during its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday night at the Education Centre here. Several teachers and public school employees were recognized for 25 years of service to the board.
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Fort High student helps shape policy on education equity
04/19/2018
A Fort Frances High School student attended a two-day conference March 22-23 in Toronto to mark the Minister's Student Advisory Council's 10-year anniversary.
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Sunset Country Regional Science Fair winners
04/19/2018
The Sunset Country Regional Science Fair was held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Fort Frances High School, with students from the Rainy River District School Board, the Northwest Catholic District School Board, and the Keewatin Patricia District School Board taking part.
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Three tech students take on Skills Ontario challenge
04/06/2018
Three AHS tech students will head off to the Skills Ontario competition at Confederation College in Thunder Bay tomorrow.
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Young scientists
03/29/2018
Monika Ruppenstein took first place in the Grade 7/8 Science Fair on Monday at Fort Frances High School. Joelle Bruyere earned second place with her project "What's on Your Toothbrush," while Michael Redford (Mental Agility Using Tetris Ability) captured third place
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Muskie, Owl girls have strong OFSAA showings
03/29/2018
Both the Muskie and Owl girls curling teams had their talents on full display last week at the OFSAA curling championships that were held at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
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Muskie pucksters impress at OFSAA
03/29/2018
The Muskie girls' hockey team was a force to be reckoned with all season and they proved their talent once again last week at the OFSAA 'A/AA' championships in Timmins.
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AHS robotics team advances to finals of competition
03/29/2018
The Voyageur Robotics team advanced all the way to the finals of the First Robotics competition at Ryerson University March 15-17 and have all but clinched a place at the Ontario championships in Mississauga April 12-14 - if they cam find the money to make the trip.
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Fur fans
03/29/2018
Earlier this month, North Star Community School students took part in workshops with Brian Love of the Rainy River District Trappers' Council. Students rotated through several tables of engaging materials and learning experiences.
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Strong debut for Voyageurs at First Robotics
03/15/2018
Atikokan High School students Kiera Cameron (Grade 9) and Eiji Moller (Grade 12) teamed with tech teacher Graema Bond, education assistant Sue Hayes, and parent Mike Cameron to put the AHS Voyageurs on the First Robotics map earlier this month.
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Student group puts skills to use
03/09/2018
Members of the "First Responders" group at Fort Frances High School recently had their emergency response skills put to the test.
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Atikokan High School competes at Robotics Competition
03/08/2018
The Atikokan High School Voyageurs Robotics Team competed March 3-4 at Durham College in Oshawa in a competition sponsored by FIRST® Robotics.
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Funds to help student attend NHL game
03/08/2018
Staff and students at Fort Frances High School, along with individuals and businesses in the community, have come together to help a FFHS student with a terminal illness do some of the things he's always wanted to do, including attend an NHL game over the March Break. Click the link to read the article published in the March 8 edition of the Fort Frances Daily Bulletin.
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Arts and Math Family Night
03/05/2018
North Star Community School was absolutely hopping with activity on Feb. 28 during its Family Arts & Math Night. Staff and parents set up 30 activity stations all over the school, including group painting, math games, a giant maze, boomwhackers and tambourines, puppet theatres, a weaving demo, and campfire songs - just to name a few.
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NWHU encourages parents to participate in the Healthy Schools Movement
03/02/2018
Research shows that parent engagement in healthy schools is connected to better outcomes for students, and healthy children are better prepared to learn.
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Be My Valentine
02/26/2018
Instead of the usual in-class celebration for Valentine's Day,
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Project Sunset at Crossroads School helps fix up rink
02/23/2018
Student involved in Project Sunset at Crossroads School in Devlin held a skating party on Thursday to officially celebrate the community rink they and other partners helped fix up in recent months.
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Walker students set to stage musical
02/22/2018
J.W. Walker School students have been working hard since early January to get ready for their one-night only performance of "A Year with Frog and Toad," which is slated for Mar. 1 at the Townshend Theatre. Read the article published in the Feb. 21 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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Beauty and the Beast to be staged at Robert Moore School
02/22/2018
The enchanting story of "Beauty and the Beast" will come alive on the stage at Robert Moore School on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, Mar. 1, starting at 6 p.m. each night.
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Student Travel Scholarship winners announced
02/15/2018
The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce that two students were successful in earning the Board’s Student Travel Scholarship.
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Students captivated by performance
02/15/2018
Students at Fort Frances High School and Atikokan High School were captivated by the performance, "Prisoner of Tehran," on Tuesday at FFHS and Wednesday at AHS. Motus O Dance Theatre shared Marina Nemat's story--an extraordinary tale of faith and survival--through spoken word, movement, video, and music. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, s
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Celebrating Canada at the Olympics
02/15/2018
On Friday, February 9th, North Star Community School celebrated Team Canada in the Olympics with everyone wearing red and white or clothing supporting Canada.
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RRDSB students to participate in the DELF Project
02/14/2018
The Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) will be participating in the Ontario Ministry of Education’s~Diplôme d’études en langue française DELF Project – Phase 5.
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Board approves 2018-2019 school year calendar
02/12/2018
The Rainy River District School Board has approved the 2018-19 Regular School Year Calendar, with the first day of classes for students on September 5 and the last day of classes for elementary students on June 28.
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Rainy River District Library Cooperative earns innovation award
02/06/2018
The Rainy River District Library Cooperative has been awarded the Minister’s Award for Innovation – Small Library category at the Ontario Public Library Awards.
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Families participated in Family Literacy Day activities at North Star
02/02/2018
Last week at North Star Community School, the Kindergarten,
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Post-Labour Day start to school proposed
02/02/2018
The proposed calendar for the 2018-19 school year could see students not back in class until after Labour Day. A consultation for the school calendar, which affects all five boards in the Rainy River and Kenora districts, was conducted last fall
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Two local school benefit from new funding
02/02/2018
Actua, a national youth outreach network that represents 35 university and college based members across Canada, has announced that three science, technology, engineering and math education organizations in Thunder Bay—Rainy River will receive funding through CanCode.
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Three school board execs in line for up to $31,500 in raises
02/02/2018
The Rainy River District School Board considered an executive compensation program at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
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Province backs plan for K-12 school at AHS site
02/02/2018
The province will invest $23 million to establish a new K-12 school at the Atikokan High School site
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Mauro Announces Ontario Bringing New School to Atikokan
01/17/2018
Ontario is supporting families in Atikokan with a new consolidated K-12 school that will provide a modern learning environment for students.
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Regional Kindergarten Registration Week
01/15/2018
The school boards of Northwestern Ontario have teamed up to offer families a Regional Kindergarten Registration Week for 2018.
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Riverview School students look forward to 2018
01/12/2018
Upon returning to school after the Christmas holidays, Riverview School students shared their hopes and dreams for the 2018 year with reporter, Melissa Friesen, of the Westend Weekly.
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School Board seeking input on proposed executive pay raises
01/12/2018
The Rainy River District School Board is in the process of gathering feedback on the proposed Executive Compensation Program, which has set out a rational compensation approach for executive positions across all school boards.
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Chief Brian Perrault appointed to Rainy River District School Board
01/10/2018
Brian Perrault, Chief of Couchiching First Nation, took his Oath of Office at the Rainy River District School Board meeting on January 9, 2018.
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Update on ASD project slated
01/09/2018
Rainy River District School Board trustees will receive a report on the Autism Spectrum Disorder pilot project that has been running this school year.
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Funding received for Child Care Centres
12/21/2017
The Rainy River District School Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board are pleased to announce that they have received $6,453,382 from the Government of Ontario to construct three new child care centres in the district.
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FFHS students getting taste of international cuisine
12/20/2017
Some students at Fort Frances High School are taking a tasting trip around the world this semester-all from the comfort of their classroom.
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Co-op Display Day held
12/20/2017
Students at Fort Frances High School showed off their passion for the workforce during Co-op Display Day on Dec. 13 in the school cafeteria.
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Former OHL player out to shift dialogue around homophobia
12/14/2017
Former OHL goalie Brock McGillis was at the Townshend Theatre here on Dec. 6 to share his empowering message with Fort High students of self-love and inclusion while aiming to help change the negative perceptions of LGBTQ athletes and individuals.
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Funds earmarked for school merger
12/14/2017
Funding for the consolidation of Atikokan High School and North Star Community School into one K-12 school is starting to come together. During its regular monthly meeting held Dec. 5, the Rainy River District School Board approved three resolutions from the Finance Committee to have certain funding reserves allocated to the consolidation fund. Click the link to read more from the article published in the Dec. 13 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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Operation Radio Santa
12/11/2017
On Thursday, December 7, the students of North Star Community School were visited by members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves to take part in Operation Radio Santa. Using a high powered radio, the students were able to make contact with Santa Claus at the North Pole to let him know what their Christmas wishes were. The children were excited to be able to talk directly to Santa and were very surprised to find out that he knew the names of their siblings and some of the things that they wanted before they even told him. Our appreciation goes out to the soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces for making this a very special day for the Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.
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Fishing team in works at Fort High
12/07/2017
Thanks to local teacher and angler Jason Cain, fishing-lovers at Fort High have a reason to celebrate. FFHS will have its own sport-fishing team early next year.
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You're the Chef Program earns Recognition of Excellence
12/07/2017
Mine Centre School's “You’re the Chef” program earned the Rainy River District School Board's "Recognition of Excellence" at its December Board meeting. Back in June, the school submitted a proposal to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge - Northwest Strong in an effort to boost the fruit and vegetable intake of students there. The main component of the proposal was teaching children food literacy skills through the “You’re the Chef” program, which is a cooking program that focuses on encouraging lifelong healthy eating habits by introducing students to new foods (fruits and vegetables) through cooking. Food literacy skills include food and nutrition knowledge, skills in food preparation, and the confidence to apply the learning to influence dietary behaviour. Each class participated in a 90-minute cooking lesson, once a week for 4 weeks. Classes prepared a variety of healthy foods, including French toast with fruit salsa, yogurt and fruit parfaits, pizza wraps, pumpkin and apple muffins and much more. The “You’re the Chef” program supports many aspects of the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, and science.
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Rainy River District School Board appoints Chair and Vice Chair at Board Meeting
12/06/2017
The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce that elections for the office of Chair and Vice Chair were held at the Board Meeting on December 5, 2017 in Fort Frances.
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School cooking program saluted
12/05/2017
Mine Centre School will receive the Rainy River District School Board's monthly recognition of excellence tonight for its “You're the Chef” program. In a report to the Board from Principal Barbe Dennis, she explains the program aims to boost the fruit and vegetable intake of students while teaching lifelong cooking skills. Click the link to read the full article published in the Dec. 5, 2017 edition of the Daily Bulletin.
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Family Science Night
12/04/2017
Family Science Night was a huge success at North Star Community School on November 23, 2017. A total of 37 family groups attended (around 125 people) -- a great turnout for a night of excitement and learning! The parents were just as engaged as the students were.
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School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners named
11/30/2017
School Bus Safety Week was October 16th to 20th. To promote school bus safety, the Rainy River District Transportation Services Consortium held its annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest with the theme, “Stop On Red.” A total of 365 posters were submitted for the contest. The winners for each category are as follows:  Division 1: J/K - S/K – Isla Lebel, SK, Robert Moore School  Division 2: Grades 1-2 – Paxten Hughes, Grade 2, J.W. Walker School  Division 3: Grades 3-5 – Rayna Whitefish, Grade 4, J.W. Walker School  Division 4: Grades 6-8 – Jackson Tucker, Grade 6, St. Francis School
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Ex-pro hockey player Brock McGillis educates and engages with students to combat homophobia in sport and in the halls
11/29/2017
Former OHL player Brock McGillis is set to speak to students at three high schools in the Rainy River District School Board next week in an effort to educate and engage students to end the use of homophobic language. McGillis will share his struggle of being a closeted pro athlete and his empowering message of self love and inclusion while aiming to change the perceptions of LGBTQ athletes and individuals. Starting December 4, Brock will visit Atikokan High School, Rainy River High School on December 5 and Fort Frances High School December 6.
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Flowers for Friends
11/27/2017
Lillie MacKinnon and Emma Cole helped deliver carnations to FFHS students during period 3 on Friday. The FFHS Student Council sold more than 200 “Flowers for Friends” to celebrate RRDSB’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. For $2 students could purchase a carnation for a friend and add a note with a kind comment.
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Public Engagement Session to be held in Thunder Bay
11/22/2017
Earlier this fall, the Premier and Minister of Education announced a review of Ontario’s student assessment practices. Led by the Minister’s Education Advisors, the independent review aims to ensure that Ontario’s student assessments are culturally relevant, able to measure a wider range of learning, and better reflect student well-being and equity. Over the next several weeks, the Advisors will be holding public engagement sessions across the province to seek input on how to improve student assessment. The meeting in Thunder Bay will be held on December 12, 2017. Click the link for more information.
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Trustees given look at Board's Indigenous Education Strategy
11/15/2017
Rainy River District School Board trustees were treated to a look at the Indigenous Education Strategy during its Nov. 7 meeting here. A presentation was given by Indigenous Education Leader/Principal of School Support Services, Bob Kowal, and FNMI Collaborative Inquiry Lead, Pam King, outlining some of the work they have been doing, as well as the importance of the strategy. Read the full story published Nov. 15, 2017 in the Fort Frances Times by clicking the link below.
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Musical revue taking stage
11/15/2017
Put on your best plaid shirt and load up the car for a trip because Fort Frances High School is set to stage its annual fall musical revue, this year entitled "Country Meets City." The show will run Nov. 16-18 at the Townshend Theatre, with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. each night (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, which are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and at the door. Read the complete story published in the Nov. 15, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times by clicking the link below.
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Sturgeon Creek School wins funds in Tbaytel for Good initiative
11/10/2017
Congratulations to Sturgeon Creek School for garnering 6,531 votes in Tbaytel's For Good initiative and winning $1,250 to be used for their outdoor classroom. They will use the funds to purchase two trail cameras and a weather station to further the students’ outdoor education.
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Rainy Students' Art Work to be displayed in Ontario's Legislative Building
11/09/2017
Artwork by five students in Katherine Williams' Grade 11/12 art class at Rainy River High School will soon hang in the Ontario Legislative building. The watercolour/ink pieces created by Madison Williams, Leonah Jourdain, Paige Anderson, Christian Tiboni and Lara Wood came out of a class project called “My Rainy: The Little Town at the End of Yonge Street.” Samples of the artwork were sent to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's Youth Arts Program and a total of five pieces were wanted for this year's collection. Read the complete story from the Nov. 8, 2017 edition of the Westend Weekly by clicking the link below.
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School playground work being recognized
11/07/2017
The Robert Moore School playground will be the focus of the Rainy River District School Board's "Recognition of Excellence" for this month. The recognition will take place during the Board's regular meeting, which takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Education Centre.
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Students participate in dance workshops
11/03/2017
Raw Metal, Australia’s hottest Tap Dance Sensation, taught some of their dance moves to a group of students during a workshop at FFHS on Oct. 23. The foursome then also enthralled Grade 7/8 students at Atikokan High School with an hour-long introduction to their hard-driving style of step dancing later that week. Raw Metal performed in Fort Frances as part of Kids & Co.'s entertainment series and kicked off the ACES season series.
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We Scare Hunger
11/03/2017
FFHS students dropped by Sunset Country Ford Friday morning with the food they collected on Halloween night for the dealership's "WE Scare Hunger" food drive. The items will be divvied up and delivered to local food banks.
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FFHS staging classic comedy
10/25/2017
Fort Frances High School students will be taking on a classic movie monster with their adaption of the Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks comedy "Young Frankenstein." The show opens tomorrow night and runs through Saturday at the Townshend Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. each night and tickets, available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and at the door, cost $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Click the link to read the article published in the October 25, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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Crossroads hosts cross-country meet
10/20/2017
Participation was high at this year's annual cross-country meet at Crossroads School in Devlin on Oct. 13, with runners from Grades 4-8 from schools across the Rainy River District. Click the link to see the results
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FFHS hockey academy now up and running
10/20/2017
Some local students now are able to say hockey is their favourite subject at school. The Rainy River District School Board's inaugural Hockey Canada Skills Academy got underway on Oct. 3, with 28 Grade 7 and 8 students at Fort Frances High School enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Click the link below to read the article published in the Oct. 18, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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National School Bus Safety Week
10/17/2017
Kicking off National School Bus Safety Week, students at Donald Young School received a bus safety presentation and practiced evacuating the bus. Students across the Board will receive similar presentations this week.
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Indigenous Knowledge Conference
10/13/2017
Workshops were held as part of a two-day "Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education" Conference held Oct. 4-5, highlighting the partnership between Rainy River District School Board, Seven Generations Education Institute, and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
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Board salutes school trip
10/13/2017
"A Day of Learning" trip to Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung by Riverview and McCrosson-Tovell students got the nod for the Rainy River District School Board's monthly recognition of excellence for October. The recognition took place at the Board's regular monthly meeting held Oct. 3 at Rainy River High School, with a report on the trip given to trustees by principal Kendall Olsen.
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What's language got to do with it?
10/13/2017
Actually, quite a bit. If you've been one of the participating educators in Math For Young Children North West project, you know that Anishinaabemowin holds the keys to a more innate way of understanding and practicing math. This is just one of the lessons highlighted during the “Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics Education: Responding to the TRC's Calls to Action" Conference hosted at La Place Rendez-Vous Oct. 4-5 presented in partnership by Seven Generations Education Institute, Rainy River District School Board, The Robertson Program for Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics and Science, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto educators from across the district and province. Click the link below to read more from the article published in the Oct. 11, 2017 edition of the Westend Weekly.
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Terry Fox Run/Walk
10/04/2017
Students at schools across the Rainy River District School Board participated in Terry Fox Runs/Walks in September, raising money and awareness for cancer research and honouring loved ones, as well as the Canadian hero who set out on a cross-Canada run in 1980.
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Orange Shirt Day
10/04/2017
Students and staff at several schools took part in Every Child Matters - Orange Shirt Day last week to honour the survivors of the Residential School system and to remember those who did not.
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Journee des Franco-Ontariens
09/26/2017
On September 25, students at Robert Moore School acknowledged Franco Ontarian Day. Grade Four students provided information about the day to all students in the school during morning announcements. Grade Eight French students shared what they had researched about the day with Grade Eight Ojibwe students. All French classes listened to French songs, watched part of a French TV program and played Kahoot answering questions about the Franco Ontarian flag. The Grade Four class finished the day by making Franco Ontarian flags.
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K-12 school proposal off to Ministry of Ed.
09/21/2017
In opting to pursue consolidation of Atikokan's public schools into one K-12 school built on the AHS site, the Rainy River District School Board agreed to some fine-tuning of their proposal to the Ministry, at last Wednesday's special meeting there. Click the link to read the full article from the September 18, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.
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School board pushing MTO for 'safety zone' at Crossroads
09/21/2017
The Rainy River District School Board is taking steps to try and implement a "community safety zone" in front of Crossroads School along Highway 613 North. A meeting was held at the Devlin school Monday night to hear concerns of parents and community members, as well as gather ideas to submit to the Ministry of Transportation. Click the link below to read the full article from the September 20, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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RRDSB announces Grade 3, 6, and 9 and OSSLT EQAO test results
09/20/2017
The 2016-2017 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results have been released. The Rainy River District School Board has reviewed these results as compared to the previous year and to results over the past five years. These results, along with other assessments, help the School Board to focus further supports for students and to prioritize professional development for staff.
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Students learn about unsafe driving behaviours
09/20/2017
Students at Rainy River, Fort Frances, and Atikokan High Schools participated in the Sweet Life Road Show this week -- a hands-on interactive experience that raises teens’ awareness about the deadliest road risks, and shows them simple strategies to stay safe. It uses methods such as computer gaming and peer theatre to go beyond driver education classes and teach beginner drivers to make safe and strategic decisions. Students were divided into small groups and circulated around 10 stations to learn about a variety of topics, including sharing the road with trucks. Using a real transport truck, students learned how to act and proceed around larger vehicles, taking note of the many blindspots truck drivers face while on the road. Students also learned about dealing with distractions while driving, what to say when a friend is driving recklessly, dealing with roadside emergencies, how to deal with becoming drowsy while driving, why marijuana and driving don’t mix, and much more. The goal of the presentation was to educate teens about unsafe driving behaviours and help them develop workable plans to minimize their chances of a fatal collision.
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Knowing where to draw the line
09/15/2017
The OPP brought the "Draw The Line" campaign to Atikokan High School this week to engage students in a dialogue about sexual violence. Click the link below to read more about the campaign from the Sept. 11, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.
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School board expected to decide Wednesday on K-12 plan for Atikokan
09/15/2017
The Rainy River District School Board was expected to choose its preferred option for the future of Atikokan's public schools on Wednesday. And in fact, they did vote in favour of consolidating Atikokan High School and North Star Community School. Click the link to read more from the Sept. 11, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.
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Board outlines summer work
09/15/2017
Summer may have been a break for students but for the Rainy River District School Board, it was a busy time for improvements across its jurisdiction. Board administration gave a report summary of the 2017 summer accomplishments update to trustees during the first regular meeting of the school year here last Tuesday night. click the link to read more about the meeting in the Sept. 13, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.
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New student trustee takes oath
09/15/2017
Lemuel Carradice took the Student Trustee Oath of Office for the 2017-2018 term at the Sept. 6 Rainy River District School Board meeting. Lemuel is a Grade 12 student at Rainy River High School student, and will represent all Rainy River District School Board students.
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Atikokan High School to get merged with elementary school
09/15/2017
Trustees with the Rainy River District School Board have voted to consolidate the Atikokan High School and North Star Community School. The decision came after a meeting on Wednesday night, after a number of community consultations.
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Rainy River District School Board approves consolidation of Atikokan schools
09/14/2017
At a Special Board Meeting held last night at Atikokan High School, the Rainy River District School Board approved the recommendation to consolidate Atikokan High School and North Star Community School into a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school on the Atikokan High School site, pending Ministry of Education funding approval.
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FFHS receives new welding equipment
09/11/2017
Fort Frances High School’s Tech Department has been able to add new equipment to its welding booths after receiving funding from the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation. Teacher Robert Guertin applied for the funding last year and learned in May that they were successful in receiving $20,500.
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Device to simulate marijuana impairment given test run here
08/31/2017
A new driving impairment simulation program was being tested in Fort Frances last Thursday—and this time the focus was on driving while under the influence of recreational marijuana. Innocorp, known for making products like SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), was at the '52 Canadians Arena to test a new simulation with Fort Frances High School First Responders and a few other community members. Click the link to read the article published in the Fort Frances Times on August 30, 2017.
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Teachers ready for the new school year
08/31/2017
It's the start of the new school year. Teachers across the district are ready for the challenges and growth opportunities awaiting them in the classroom. Two Robert Moore School teachers talked to Westend Weekly reporter Melissa Friesen about their back-to-school preparations.
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Teacher showcasing arts alumni
08/17/2017
A local project is hoping to highlight some of the successful careers in the Arts that began in the Fort Frances High School Arts programs. The project is being run by Fort High teacher Susan DeGagne, with the goal of collecting stories from alumni who have gone on to pursue a career in the Arts (visual art, drama, music). The stories will be displayed in the high school and hopefully inspire current and future artists by showing that the Arts do not just have to be an interest in high school, but can also become a career path. Click on the link to read more from the Fort Frances Times.
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DYS Demolition
07/13/2017
This debris is all that is left of the old classroom wing of Donald Young School. The new section of the school, built directly in front of the now demolished building, will be ready for students to attend this fall. The remaining portion of the school, housing the gym and two additional classrooms, will also undergo a renovation.
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AHS - and Atikokan - celebrate 29 grads
07/06/2017
Atikokan celebrated 29 of its own on June 23 -- the Atikokan High School 2017 graduating class. The group's outstanding achievements were rewarded by close to $40,000 in scholarships, bursaries, and prizes. Clink the link below to read the list of winners, as well as the article published in the Atikokan Progress (July 4, 2017).
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Fort High students pushing to reopen cafeteria
07/06/2017
Students at Fort Frances High School are making their voices heard concerning the lack of a school-run cafeteria and the need for better lunchtime options. A petition, started two weeks ago by Grade 10 student Janissa Judson, is asking the Rainy River District School Board reopen the school cafeteria and once again provide students with healthy, easily-accessible food.
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North Star students recognized for leadership
07/06/2017
North Star School leadership award winners Four Grade 6 students from North Star Community School were saluted at the school's end-of-year assembly for their positive contributions to school life during their years at school. The OPC Principal's Leadership Award went to Caryss Kehl, while Katie Lacosse, Ashlyn Marr, and Karlyn Rissanen each were awarded a Special Recognition of Leadership. Click the link below to read more from the Atikokan Progress (July 4, 2017).
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OPP in schools with new program
07/06/2017
Grade 6 students have been learning about more than reading, writing, and arithmetic thanks to the Rainy River District OPP. Community Services Officer Cst. Guy Beaudry spent the recently-completed school year teaching the "OPP K.I.D.S." program to classes across the district. Click the link below to read the article published in the Fort Frances Times (July 5, 2017).
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Riverview grads saluted
06/29/2017
The Riverview School graduation ceremony last week was a huge success for all the eager students and their families. The graduating class consisted of 18 students, who collected multiple awards for kindness, as well as academic and athletic achievements. Click the link below to read the article published in the Fort Frances Times (June 28, 2017).
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AHS junior graduates awarded
06/29/2017
A total of 29 students completed their elementary careers at Atikokan High School were feted at Grayson Hall on June 21. Kendra Pfeifer offered the welcome, Brady Lacosse and Kaitlyn Learning delivered on enjoyable valedictory address, and Aleah Gushulak and Jenna Hayes prepared a slideshow celebrating the class. In addition to their graduation certificates, the students also were presented with a number of awards. Click the link below to read more from the Atikokan Progress.
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Mike Lewis: School board committed to meeting Atikokan needs
06/29/2017
School board vice-chair Mike Lewis - who started his teaching career at Atikokan High School, went on to become its principal, and later the director of education for the Atikokan Board of Education - offered assurance that the board is committed to establishing a K-12 school that "will serve the needs of all of our students, and the community, today, and into the future." Click the link below to read more of the article published in the Atikokan Progress (June 26, 2017).
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K-12 school plans: What the board will be considering
06/29/2017
The last bit of input on the Rainy River District School Board's proposed K-12 school in Atikokan came from Karen Gannon during a meeting at AHS on June 19. In a short presentation to the board, she again emphasized the need for two gyms in a K-12 school, presenting supporting evidence of the importance of quality daily physical education, and the positive impact it has been shown to have on Atikokan students. Click the link below to read the article published in the Atikokan Progress on June 26.
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Grads bid farewell to RRHS
06/29/2017
Rainy River High School hosted its graduation ceremony on June 21 with 26 graduates, including two Alternative Education students. The night was made special by the staff, administration, and, most importantly, the students. Not only recognized for their academic and athletic achievements, the students also were able to showcase their talents which made the night personalized and entertaining for all the spectators. Click the link below to read more from the Fort Frances Times (June 28, 2017).
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Fort High's 'Class of 2017' celebrates graduation
06/29/2017
The Ice For Kids Arena was a sea of purple last Thursday evening (June 22). Proud family members and friends looked on as Fort High's Class of 2017 crossed the stage--beaming--to accept their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas. Camera clicks and cheers could be heard as each graduate accepted their diploma. Parents swarmed the floor to get the perfect shot of their son or daughter celebrating this important milestone. Click the link below to read more from the Fort Frances Times (June 28, 2017).
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DYS staff moving into new section of school
06/27/2017
The new section of Donald Young School is nearly complete and staff were busy moving over supplies and resources on Friday in preparation for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. The old portion of the school will be demolished this summer, while the remaining section housing the gym, two classrooms, and a kitchen area will be upgraded next year. Click the link below to read the article in the Fort Frances Times (July 5, 2017).
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McCrosson gets a boost
06/23/2017
On June 8, 2017, representatives from the Recreation Committee of Lake of the Woods Township presented McCrosson-Tovell School with a cheque for $500 to help with the cost of transportation for the proposed swimming program.
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RRHS students build raised beds for garden
06/23/2017
Students in Mr. Laplante's shop class at Rainy River High School built raised beds as part of their school program and have installed them at the Rainy River Community Garden.
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Rainy River District School Board passes balanced budget
06/21/2017
At the June 19, 2017 Special Board Meeting in Atikokan, the Rainy River District School Board approved the 2017‐2018 balanced budget of $54,148,855, which represents a 3% increase over the 2016-2017 budget.
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Outers Return from Spring Trip
06/21/2017
Students from Atikokan High School's Outers Program returned yesterday from their 12-day spring trip. Family and friends were at Nym Lake to greet them with hugs--and food! While they had some time to catch up and get a bite to eat, they still had to unpack and bring in the canoes before getting on the bus and heading back to the school.
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Canada Day Math Contest winners announced
06/21/2017
The Rainy River District School Board sponsored a Canada Day Math Contest for students in Grades K-12 as a way to honour Canada’s 150+ years. Students were asked to create a math problem appropriate for their grade level featuring a Canadian theme and that has an answer of 150.
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Rainy River District School Board receives funding for consolidation
06/19/2017
The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce that it will receive $5.17 million dollars from the Ministry of Education’s Capital Priorities program to consolidate Rainy River High School and Riverview Public School within a renovated Rainy River High School. The Ministry of Education also approved the Board’s contribution of $4.9 million for the project.
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RRHS students receive awards
06/14/2017
Rainy River High School students were honoured with for their academic, athletic and co-curricular achievements during an Awards Night last week. Read the article published in the Westend Weekly.
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Students graduate from McCrosson-Tovell
06/14/2017
McCrosson-Tovell's Grade 8 graduation ceremony was held on June 8 with three students graduating. Principal Kendall Olsen presented diplomas to Cadence Gibbons, Allison Lemmon, and MacKenzie Whetzel.
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Principal goes for a swim
06/14/2017
Having exceeded their Reading Challenge goal of 4,000 books in 4 days and reading a whopping 6,170 books, students at North Star Community School got a chance to dunk their principal. They had to wait over a month for the weather to be nice enough, but the wait was worth it. On June 7, the students threw a ball at a target to dunk her in the water - and more than 25 students were successful. Mrs. Labossiere paid them all back with a big splash storm at the end. It was a hot day, so the students were thrilled with the chance to cool off!
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School Board staff report offers recommendation for Atikokan schools
06/12/2017
District school board staff are recommending the high school site be used for a new K-12 school in Atikokan, and that the potential of including "an additional gymnasium/large flexible space that includes a stage" be assessed. Read more in the article published in the Atikokan Progress on June 12.
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AHS hands out academic awards
06/12/2017
Atikokan High School presented students with academic awards. Click the link to read more from the Atikokan Progress.
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Fish Fry Finale held at Crossroads School
06/09/2017
Crossroads School, in partnership with Naicatchewenin First Nation, hosted a Fish Fry Finale on June 8 to celebrate the end of the year and 20 years of Crossroads. The evening included a dinner of fresh fish, french fries, salad and dessert. There was a slideshow presentation highlighting years past, as well as baseball, jigging, Bingo, and draws.
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Rainy River District School Board recognizes volunteers and retirees
06/08/2017
At its June 6, 2017 Board Meeting held at the Education Centre in Fort Frances, the Rainy River District School Board recognized the contributions of two individuals with the Volunteer of the Year award, as well as honoured retirees.
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French Immersion students set to stage their own play
06/08/2017
A troupe of eight French Immersion drama students at Fort Frances High School will debut their play today at the Townshend Theatre, with free performances set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “La bataille qui est l'école secondaire," or "The struggle that is high school,” outlines a typical day for a student at Fort High.
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School board approves five-year plan
06/07/2017
The Rainy River District School Board held its last regular meeting of the 2016-17 school year yesterday at the Education Centre here. Trustees voted to approve the Strategic Plans Goals for 2017-22, a required plan that is reviewed annually and provides direction to the board in the coming years.
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RRHS band plays first concert
06/07/2017
After getting its music program up and running earlier this year, the Rainy River High School band performed its first concert there yesterday, with special guests - the Borderland Community Orchestra.
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K-12 school committee splits on gym and space issues
06/05/2017
The Accommodation Review Committee has reached a 'consensus' on how Atikokan should proceed with a K-12 school, but only over strong objections from two of its ten members. Read the following article published in the Atikokan Progress on June 5, 2017.
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Indigenous Awareness Week at RRHS
06/02/2017
Students participated in an Indigenous Art workshop led by Darryl Big George, a Jingle Dress Teachings workshop led by Abigail Halverson, and a Career Symposium on Wednesday at Rainy River High School in celebration of Indigenous Awareness Week. The week featured several activities, workshops, and speakers, wrapping up today with a Pow Wow.
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School Consultation Meeting Draws 40
06/02/2017
Almost 40 people attended a community consultation meeting held May 18 at Atikokan High School to hear more detailed information and provide feedback about the potential amalgamation of Atikokan's public schools into one K-12 facility.
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Kindergarten Play Dates
06/01/2017
Students entering Kindergarten in the fall are invited to "Welcome to Kindergarten Play Dates."
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New Superintendent of Education Hired
06/01/2017
The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce Andrew Harris of the Durham District School Board has been hired as the new Superintendent of Education.
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Medals Awarded for Chess Tournament
05/30/2017
The first District Chess Tournament since 2009 was held at Crossroads School in Devlin on May 3, 2017. Fifty-eight students attended from Crossroads, SCAP and Robert Moore School. Each player had five games to play throughout the tournament, and was ranked according to wins, losses or draws. The top three placers in the each of the four divisions received medals after the tournament.
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Threats at Fort High investigated
05/30/2017
On May 24, 2017, Fort Frances High School administration contacted police after a concern was brought forward regarding a report of a possible bomb threat. The OPP responded, police and administration both conducted an investigation, and the OPP have since laid charges. At no time was there an immediate threat to students. No actual detonation device was located or used by the accused. The Board’s Threat Assessment Protocol was followed in dealing with this incident. Safety of students and staff is always a priority for Rainy River District School Board and its schools. Communication has been sent out to parents and guardians. For more information:
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Improvements coming to the delivery of children's rehabilitation services
05/29/2017
Over the past year, service providers – including community-based Preschool Speech and Language providers, District School Boards, Community Care Access Centres and Children’s Treatment Centres – in communities across the province have worked to develop locally integrated, family-centred ways to deliver children’s rehabilitation services to improve family service experiences and outcomes for children and youth with special needs. Implementation of new service delivery models is expected to begin as early as Fall 2018.
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Best Buddies Tea
05/26/2017
The Best Buddies at Fort Frances High School hosted a tea on May 25 for students in the Special Education program, along with their friends, families, and former students. The decorations, baking and refreshments were provided by students, staff, and other helpers, who also helped to serve. The Special Education students also prepared a poem, which they recited. Everyone enjoyed a delightful afternoon.
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Students Promoting Watershed Stewardship
05/26/2017
Local students are sending a message to keep our watershed pollutant-free. On Tuesday, Grade 8 students from Jody Bonner-Vickers' class will participate in a binational initiative to raise awareness of the Rainy Lake and Lake of the Woods watershed to promote stewardship of the water quality within it. As part of the International Watershed Co-ordination Program offered by the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the students will go out and apply painted stencils beside 46 storm drains along the waterfront here—from La Verendrye Hospital to the east end of Scott Street. The stencil will read “No Dumping: Drains to River” and also include an image of a fish.
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Students demonstrate excellence in public speaking at Speech Contest
05/25/2017
A total of 10 students from eight schools participated in the Rainy River District School Board Speech Contest on May 24, 2017 hosted at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances. Students delivered outstanding speeches on a wide variety of topics to educators, family, peers, and community members. Crossroads School student, Erica Lemelin, achieved first place for her speech entitled “The Hill,” while Robert Moore School student, Maya Davis, earned second place for her speech on “The ‘R’ Word,” and Donald Young School student, Steven Dueck, captured third place for his speech on “The Myth of Adolescence.”
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Fort High pair heading off to South America
05/25/2017
Lillie MacKinnon and Emma Cole will be the latest Fort Frances High School students taking humanitarian trips to South America. Both in Grade 11, they're heading off as part of the “Me to We” organization—a movement that aims to bring socially-conscious people together to create change in the world. Emma will be visiting the Amazon rainforest in July, while Lillie will be heading to Ecuador in August.
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Student brings home another bronze medal from CWSF
05/24/2017
Fort Frances High School student, Angie Redford, has returned home from the Canada-Wide Science Fair with her second straight bronze medal – this time with partner Anna Schwartz (homeschooled). The pair captured first place in the Sunset Country Regional Science Fair in April with their project “A ‘Major’ Experiment with ‘Minor’ Results, which then saw them join with 500 of Canada’s brightest young scientists in Regina for the 56th edition of the Canada-Wide Science Fair last week. Also representing Sunset Country were finalists Kolton Gagne (Ear Falls Public School) and Sabrina Blais (Golden Learning Centre).
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Discovery of old penny sparks inquiry-based learning
05/23/2017
The discovery of a Canadian one-cent coin dating back to 1915 by a Kindergarten student at Donald Young School launched an inquiry-based learning session in Kim Bolen and Laurel Armstrong’s classroom recently. Paige Seguin found the coin while digging outside on the playground at recess. Once they had cleaned it and learned what it was, the students were very curious and had many questions. That is when Ms. Bolen and Mrs. Armstrong decided to leave their planned classroom lesson on plants and follow the students’ interest in the coin.
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Accommodation Review Committee working meeting
05/19/2017
At its first working meeting on May 11, 2017, the Accommodation Review Committee identified some issues that will have to be sorted through as the Rainy River District School Board considers one combined K-12 school in Atikokan.
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Co-op Program gives students hands-on experience
05/19/2017
Atikokan employers continue to support the Atikokan High School Co-operative Education Program. Most of the 10 students this year are in their second year with the program and are looking to further their on-the-job work experience. The experience and skills they are acquiring may help them solidify their career aspirations. Click the link below to read the article in the Atikokan Progress.
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EQAO Assessments for Grade 3 & 6 students begin next week
05/19/2017
Students have been busy preparing for the provincial Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics being administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) to all Grades 3 & 6 students beginning next week. Used as a tool for improvement planning at the student, school, school board and provincial levels, EQAO assessments are directly based on the expectations set out in The Ontario Curriculum, which is what teachers teach in the classroom every day. Students are simply encouraged to do their best and show what they know.
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SCAP celebrates Grandparents
05/17/2017
Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program hosted it's 7th annual "Grandparents Day" last week. Grandparents were able to visit the students in their classrooms, view performances from last month's Festival, hear speeches, and have lunch. The whole student community was responsible for making the day a success
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Rainy River students stage 'Musical Stories of the Heart'
05/17/2017
Rainy River High School and Riverview School students performed "Musical Stories of the Heart" last week. The original show incorporated three of the students' favourite musicals - Grease, Beauty and the Beast, and Hairspray. Friday's performance even included a fifties-style meal, served by the cast members. The collaborative effort saw over 50 students helping to make the show a success.
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Staff Training with Dr. Renae Beaumont
05/16/2017
More than 20 staff members of the Rainy River District School Board will be receiving training tomorrow and Thursday on the Secret Agent Society Training Program, which will be implemented in our schools in the fall. The program, aimed at helping students 8 to 12 years of age crack the code of emotions and friendships, will be delivered by Renae Beaumont PhD, a clinical psychologist and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital. For her PhD, Dr. Beaumont developed a gaming-based social-emotional skills training program for children and families – Secret Agent Society (SAS). Given the challenges that many children face in navigating our modern world, Dr. Beaumont’s work is fundamental to optimizing the wellbeing and success of our future generations. RRDSB staff are excited to learn from Dr. Beaumont in how to further support our students in skills that will help them be successful in their pathway.
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Students receive awards at the 2017 Enterprise Olympics
05/12/2017
A group of Rainy River District School Board’s Fort Frances High School students recently joined their peers from across Northwestern Ontario to compete in Enterprise Olympics, a two‐day business pitch‐off competition held at Confederation College and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The winning team from each sector of interest wins $500, with each group member receiving $100. This year, the Fort Frances High School students winning $100 at the top of their sectors were Peirce Gushulak, Chance Windego, Joelle Tibbs, Mira Donaldson, Andrea Schram, and Maria Harrisson. The top six teams were then eligible to compete for a $1,000 bursary towards tuition at a participating post-secondary school in Northern Ontario for each member of the team. Joelle Tibbs and Mira Donaldson each earned the $1,000 bursary for their winning business idea.
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Connected North Program expanded to FFHS
05/12/2017
Cisco Canada and TakingITGlobal (TIG) today announced the expansion of their Connected North program into two more schools in the Rainy River District School Board. Fort Frances High School and McCrosson-Tovell will join the program alongside Mine Centre School, which officially launched the program in May, 2016. Using Cisco TelePresence® videoconferencing, students are connected to a range of virtual education and youth mental health and wellness services, educators, Indigenous mentors, and peers across the country. An official launch took place this morning at Fort Frances High School, with the Grade 7/8 Ojibwe students connecting with students at the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) First Nations School of Toronto.
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FFHS and partners donate dream catchers to hospital
05/11/2017
A total of 100 dream catchers were donated to La Verendrye Hospital staff yesterday to distribute to each newborn delivered there. The initiative was made possible by a partnership with the students and staff of FFHS, UNFC Alt- Ed dep't (Tracy Jensen), and Gizhewwaadizinwin Health Access Centre- Aboriginal FASD and Child Nutrition Program. The goal is to help build and sustain cross-cultural relationships and understanding while educating students, new families, and the general public with this small gift of knowledge and cultural teaching.
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'Mary Poppins' presented by FFHS
05/10/2017
After months of memorization, hours of choreography practice, and a few trips gliding through the air, the Fort Frances High School production of Mary Poppins has come to an end. Check out the photos and story published in the West End Weekly by clicking the link below.
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CRS Chess Tournament Results
05/10/2017
Crossroads School has released the results from the Chess Tournament held there on May 3. Kali McCormick took first place in the 8 and under division, while Liam Stafford took first place in the 9 and 10 division. Cade Beck took the top spot in the 11 and 12 year old grouping, while Brayden Sabbe finished first among the 13 and 14 year olds.
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Grade 8 Day at FFHS
05/05/2017
Grade 8 students who will be attending FFHS in the fall were able to learn more about the school, participate in a variety of activities, and make new friends during Grade 8 Day on Tuesday.
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Atikokan High School Music Program Recognized
05/05/2017
The Atikokan High School Music Program was presented the Recognition of Excellence at Tuesday's Board meeting in Atikokan. The music program, offered to students in Grades 9 through 12, provides an opportunity for self-expression through the arts while developing a stronger sense of belonging in our school community. Through a renewed focus on the music program, Atikokan High School is creating an environment that allows for each student who may be curious, with the opportunity to experience the Arts through instrumental music.
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Hockey Academy coming to FFHS
05/05/2017
We are very excited to introduce the Hockey Academy coming to FFHS this fall. It is an a complete program that includes education, hockey, off-ice strength and conditioning, and more. The goal is to enhance a student-player's confidence, individual playing skills, self-esteem and opportunities in both academics and athletics. Join us for a parent information meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the FFHS library.
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