The 2016-2017 School Year is a “Wrap”!

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While our largest congratulations naturally go to our recent grade 8 grads, we really have to congratulate all of our students at this time of the year.  Dr. George Hall PS is a wonderful place to be for the entire school community.  Our school offers students opportunities in so many different ways and almost all of our students participate one or more of these ways.


Reflecting back on the school year, perhaps the most impressive changes involve our youngest students: our Kindergarteners.  Our JK students begin the year knowing nothing about the routines which allow schools to function.  In just two short years, as they prepare to head off to grade 1, they are seasoned students!   Riding the bus, playing sports on the yard, becoming independent learners – these are abilities and skills which will allow them to be successful in future years.  Our Primary students truly come into their own in grades 1 to 3.  Ever more confident, they are willing to push their learning in new ways.  Some begin to tackle abstract learning and amaze adults with what they know and how they can explain it.  For those that have had a grade 2 or 3 explain the mysteries of multiplication, you know what an extraordinary moment that is!  Junior students, in grades 4 to 6, undergo a phenomenal metamorphosis over these 3 years.  Walking into grade 4 they are still a bit nervous and have not yet hit their growth spurt.  As they leave grade 6, they have a great deal more confidence, exhibit the personality they will likely have for the rest of their lives and many have begun to grow much, much taller!  Our Intermediates, as the oldest kids in the school, naturally take on a significant leadership role.  Many of the grade 8s are “ready” to graduate around March Break, to be honest.  They chafe at the higher degree of control which exists in elementary schools and want the “freedom” of high school (although with greater freedoms comes greater responsibilities too!).  Although being a grade 8 is difficult (many of us adults remember this stage of our lives with varying degrees of enjoyment!), it is an interesting age to teach.  They have grown ever more knowledgeable and are trying to find their place in the world which, most parents know, means a love of arguing!


To the larger DGH school community, thank you for your support over the course of this year.  We ask much of you!  Many of you contribute to the various fundraisers held by the school.  Charities supported include the Terry Fox Run, Me to We Charities, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the local Food Bank.  By helping the school, you are showing the importance to our students of helping others.  Frankly, the maturity and empathy demonstrated by our students is always amazing.  You, DGH community, are the largest reason for this.  You support the school in other ways, including driving your children to the practices and games for all of our sporting events.  This is no small commitment!  Some of the sports’ seasons last 2 or months.  That is a lot of before school and after-school drop-offs and pick-ups!  Finally, your general support of the school makes a huge difference.  Whether being available for conversations with staff members, helping your child(ren) with homework or simply spending time with them – yours is the greatest influence on their lives that they will ever have.


The DGH staff wishes our entire school community a safe and enjoyable summer.  We truly hope everyone gets the opportunity to hangout as a family and spend quality time together.  Of course, we are also hoping that the rain holds off for more than 1 day so that we can truly enjoy some outside time!


Looking forward to seeing our returning students and families in September…along with some new faces too!

Graduation Day is Here!

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Today is the big day!  In a little more than 12 hours, our grade 8 graduates will be receiving their diplomas and preparing to embark on the next stage of their educational careers.  This represents the culmination of 10 years of elementary education!  Parents and guardians be proud of the young men and ladies your kids have become.  We know that our graduates are going to look GREAT tonight and will be amazing representatives for our school.  The DGH staff looks forward to sharing your celebration tonight!

Good Luck, Mr. Hetherington!

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DGH wishes Mr. Hetherington good luck and best wishes as he heads off to the next stage of his career: Central Senior Public School in Lindsay!  Mr. Hetherington will be transferring to Central Senior over the summer and will begin teaching there in September 2017.  His new position definitely suits his teaching preferences – grade 7 and 8, with Phys Ed on rotary for part of the day.  Given his phys ed background and experience, we know that he will do well!


Mr. Hetherington has contributed greatly to Dr. George Hall Public School over his almost 15 years at our school.  A coach of countless teams, a convenor of many, many tournaments and involvement in the school in so many other ways; his contributions to the school will be missed.  Mr. Hetherington was a proud Husky!


Thank you for your contributions to our school!  We know that we will see you back at DGH soon as a coach for Central Senior (although it will be weird to see you in another school’s colours!).

Congratulations, Mrs. Adams!

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The end of the 2016-2017 school year brings any number of celebrations.  While students celebrate the end of the school year and the arrival of the summer holidays, the DGH community will also be recognizing a celebration for Mrs. Adams: her retirement!


After 42 years in education (yes, 42 years!), Mrs. Adams will finally be putting away the chalk holder (well, actually the SmartBoard pen!) and banging the chalk brushes (well, actually the SmartBoard digital eraser) for the last time.  Mrs. Adams’ is definitely excited about her retirement; however, she will miss the connection with her students and the school.  Those that have had a child go through her class know what an extraordinary educator she is.  Few teachers will ever know more about their students than Mrs. Adams.  A simple question about a student will result in a voluminous amount of data and information being shared – with this knowledge always being used to move a student’s learning forward.  Mrs. Adams “owned” her class and always wanted the best for them.  Long hours at her craft have been the norm throughout her career.


Few teachers will have quite the varied career she has had either.  Mrs. Adams (and her husband – a teacher and principal) spent years in Canada’s far north.  Polar bears walking in the community and around the school weren’t unusual (and didn’t phase community members in the least!).  Travel in the area was often by snowmobile; Mrs. Adams sometimes even flew between communities as one of the few (perhaps only) Special Education Resource Teachers in the region.


Truly, Mrs. Adams has positively impacted hundreds of students over her career.  On behalf of those students, parents and schools, Mrs. Adams, please let me thank you (Mr. Parish is writing this post).  We wish you all the best with your family (husband, 2 children and now grandchildren!).

Mrs. Burns’ and Ms. McColl’s Classes to the Movies on Tuesday, June 27th

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Both Mrs. Burns’ and Ms. McColl’s classes will be enjoying a final day of fun on Tuesday, June 27th.  They are headed off to the movies and swimming for the day.  It is pretty hard to beat the final 2 weeks of school for these 2 classes!  They spent 2 days on an overnight trip and now movies and swimming!  Of course, students in these 2 classes have definitely been worked hard by their respective teachers this year, so these trips are likely well-deserved…


Enjoy the days, students!

Grade 7 & 8 Bike Ride Rescheduled to Monday, June 26th

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DGH community, the year-end Bike Ride scheduled tomorrow (June 23rd) for Mrs. Read’s, Ms. Graham’s and Mr. Hetherington’s classes has been rescheduled to Monday, June 26th.  The weather unfortunately is not going to cooperate tomorrow.  Cross your fingers for more sunshine on Monday!

Kindergarten Trip to Peterborough Zoo on June 26th

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The Kindergarten team is excited about their trip to the Peterborough Riverview Zoo on Monday, June 26th.  The Riverview Zoo is the perfect end of the year trip for our youngest students!  Big enough that there are lots of different animals to see (along with a park and splash pad), but not so large that it takes forever to walk around.  This is a popular trip each year.  As always, be sure to check the weather for the day.  Dress for the day, being sure to pack sunblock, a hat and comfortable shoes.

Grade 8 Graduation Activities – Read Carefully!

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DGH community (and especially parents and guardians of grade 8 students!), our grade 8s will be involved in a number of activities in the final week of school:


  • Graduation Breakfast takes place on Tuesday, June 27th.  This has become a tradition in the past few years,  with students receiving a pancake breakfast.


  • Graduation Walk-through takes place right after announcements on Wednesday, June 28th.  It normally lasts until about 10:15 am.  We ask that appointments (like for hair and nails) be scheduled for after this time, as our grads need to know and practise how the graduation all ceremony will unfold.


  • Graduation takes place on Wednesday, June 28th.  We ask that students arrive at the school for 6:30 pm and make their way down to Mrs. Read’s room to be organized.  The ceremony itself will begin at 7:00 pm in our gym.


  • Graduation Dance begins as soon as the ceremony concludes and lasts until 10:00 pm.  We ask that parents and guardians be prompt in picking up their child(ren) as this has been a long day for staff, too!  Once the dance begins, students are not permitted to leave the gym (other than to get a drink or use the washroom and permission needs to be provided by a staff member).


  • Clap-out takes place around 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 29th.  This is our final chance to say goodbye to our grade 8s (well, almost grade 9s now!).  Many parents and relatives join us during clap-out.  If the weather is nice, all of our students, staff and parents/relatives line-up outside for the clap-out.


As you can tell, our graduates are a little on the busy side during the final week of school!  

Grade 7 and 8 Bike Ride – Friday, June 23rd

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Our grade 7 and 8 students will be enjoying a long, but fun day on Friday, June 23rd.  This is the day selected for the Intermediate end of year Bike Ride. Students will be bringing their lunches and biking into Lindsay and then returning to the school by the day’s end.  There is no question that the majority of students will sleep well that night!  Monday, June 26th has been designated as the “weather day”.  Unless a significant amount of rain is predicted or lightning, staff usually go ahead with the day as there are few days remaining in the school year!  Please make sure that your child’s bicycle is in good condition for the bike ride.  While staff can repair minor issues on the trip (like a flat tire), the hope is always that there won’t be any breakdowns!  Have fun, students, and burn off some energy!

Grade 7s To Niagara Falls on June 20th and 21st!

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Our grade 7s will be enjoying their year end trip on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st.  Why is this such a popular trip?  Because there are so many great activities in which the grade 7s will be involved!  A ride on the Hornblower (formerly the Maid of the Mist) is always a highlight, as is the visit to Clifton Hill.  Staying at Great Wolf Lodge and enjoying the water park is pretty cool, as well!  Ms. Graham packs in a lot over the 2 day trip and students always come back to school with positive reviews for the trip.  Thank you, Ms. Graham, for organizing!

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