|EMSB PREPARES FOR QUEBEC HOOKED ON SCHOOL WEEK|
MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 - For the sixth consecutive year, schools across the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will be participating in Quebec Hooked on School Week, set to run from February 15 to 19.
The week, which is held every February, promotes school perseverance and intends to create a positive atmosphere for students.
Throughout the year, the organization, which is comprised of 33 partners representing the education, community and business sectors, focuses on scholastic retention, making it a priority at schools throughout the province. Awareness campaigns, such as Hooked on School week, have allowed students, family and communities alike to understand the value in education.
The regional launch for Quebec Hooked on School Week will take place on Monday, February 15 (9 a.m.) at James Lyng High School (5440 Notre Dame) in St. Henri. The EMSB has the highest success (graduation) rate (87.9 percent) in the province, meaning it followed the progression of students from 2007 to their graduating year in 2014. This is all the more impressive given the fact the province-wide graduation rate is 77.7 percent.
EMSB Hooked on School Week Activities
February 10: Lester B. Pearson High School (11575 P.M. Favier) in Montreal North. Leo Barbe, an award winning speaker and activist, will address Grades 9 through 11. Barbe will speak about perseverance, motivation, positive self-talk, emotional intelligence, positive choices and leadership
February 15 to 19: Lester B. Pearson High School. The guidance department will be facilitating daily workshops dealing with anxiety and how to properly handle scholastic pressures.
February 16: Lester B. Pearson High School. Students will have the opportunity to attend a class where they will be taught balance as it relates to the mind, body and spirit. Meanwhile, the Chess Club will once again play host to the EMSB’s best and brightest, beginning with LINKS High School, a school that offers quality educational programs for students with a variety of special needs. LINKS will be travelling from Ahuntsic for the first of six competitions hosted by Lester. B Pearson, leading up to the EMSB-wide Chess Tournament on June 1.
John F. Kennedy High School: This year JFK has welcomed the fitness club. Teachers and students gather together to exercise and weight train in the fully equipped weight room. A new place to hang out with friends and build relationships with teachers while getting fit. The JFK Film Club will provide lessons on how to improve one’s creativity. The club serves as an ideal place for students to connect with their school.
February 18: Lester B. Pearson High School. At 10 a.m., Jaye, a professional musician, musicologist and founder of Sharing Music Unites Us, will be surprising two students with brand-new guitars. Students in Grade 7 and 8 will be invited to attend an assembly in the gym where Jaye will talk to the students as well as perform. Following the performance, Jaye will surprise two lucky students with their guitars. At lunchtime, the students and staff will face-off in a friendly, yet competitive soccer game. A Zumbathon for students and staff will also take place at the conclusion of school.
LaurenHill Academy. Erik Goulet will once again be providing workshops on stop-motion animation. This activity motivates students by integrating cross-curricular activities such as technology and art.
Michael J. Cohen