"Nurturing responsible individuals, together"
New year and new initiatives for students and teachers
As we head into year two of Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education, there are many more exciting initiatives for students at all grade levels this school year.
This fall, students in grades primary to 3 will benefit from hands-on learning, including using floor robots to learn sequencing and programming. Students in grades 4-6 will benefit from Innovation and Exploration Kits that include Spheros and Makey Makey invention kits. Students in grades 7 to 12 will learn coding through events, such as the Hour of Code and STEAM Olympics, and courses, such as Computer Programming 12. Coding promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and innovation. These skills are not only related to learning math, science and the arts, but they are also directly linked to many careers, including computer programming and the marine industries.
With the province's first literacy strategy for students in all grades, there will be a greater focus on the teaching of reading and writing and the development of
oral communication skills. Reading Recovery support has been increased for grade 1 students. Students in Grades 4 to 6 will have a renewed curriculum, with more time for literacy and math. Class caps are expanded to grades 4 to 6.
To help more students succeed in math, additional supports will be made available for both teachers and students. Career education outcomes will assist students as they begin thinking about their futures and the many possibilities ahead. To learn more about what is new this year, go to http://novascotia.ca/educationactionplan/ to sign up for ongoing updates from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Hello Parents and Guardians;
This week, our annual Harvest Dinner and a school walkathon was held at DAHS. Each year, the dinner is a way for our school community to celebrate the harvest from our school garden. Chef Chris Velden from the Flying Apron and Jean Crawford, from the Hants Shore Community Health Centre, were on site working with Mrs. Ross and the students to prepare the vegetables for the meal. These vegetables, which were harvested from our school garden on Friday, included the following: kale, cabbage, green and yellow beans, beets, onions, potatoes, carrots, Romaine and Endive lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes. The meal, created by Chef Velden, included a vegetable salad with homemade dressing, vegetable soup, and veggie wraps. The dessert was a homemade chocolate beet cake, made by Mrs. Crawford. Students walked in our walkathon in the morning, raising over 850 dollars for our Healthy Lunch Program, thanks to the generous contributions of our school community members! We are hoping to have some pictures of these events up on our school website very soon.
Also, some reminders: The second Parent Group meeting is next week, here at the school, on October 24, at 6:30 pm. We would love to see some new members out to help support our school. This week, Food for Thought money and tickets were due. The sales from these tickets, sponsored by the Rotary Club, go directly back to our breakfast program. Thanks in advance for supporting this program. Picture orders from proofs are being sent home today. These are due by October 31. If you would like a retake, please send your request to us by October 26, which is picture retake day.
Ms. Shelley Regan, Principal
Dr. Arthur Hines School is located in Summerville, Hants Co., with a population of 98 students, 11 teaching staff, and 3 educational assistants. We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff, an active and supportive Parent Support Group and close affiliation with the Hants Shore Community Health Centre. The HSCHC provides support with our breakfast, lunch and Active Healthy Kids programs and personel to run these programs.