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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 to 19: Hampstead Elementary (83 Thurlow). Beginning on February 16, Le Carnaval de Hampstead will celebrate the French culture and language. Activities will encourage students to communicate in French and learn more about Quebecois culture.

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 (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel. 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.  Students will also have the opportunity to take place in various hockey activities at the nearby Blue-Blanc-Rouge outdoor skating rink.

LaurenHill Academy (2505 Cote Vertu) in St Laurent: Erik Goulet, a Quebec artist will be providing workshops on stop-motion animation. This activity motivates students by integrating cross-curricular activities such as technology and art.

February 17: Lester B. Pearson High School. There will be a life-size balance places on rainbow coloured themed mats. Students will be asked to try and balance as a way to visually demonstrate the challenges they face while trying to manage the different parts of their lives. (This takes place again on February 19).

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.

LaurenHill Academy (2505 Cote Vertu) in St Laurent. A student led breakdance workshop will be held inspired by Black History Month. Erik Goulet, a Quebec artist will be providing workshops on stop-motion animation. This activity motivates students by integrating cross-curricular activities such as technology and art.

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.

February 19: Lester B. Pearson High School.  At 12:30 p.m., the vaunted Lester B. Pearson hockey team will continue the annual tradition of hosting SPVM Station 39 on the adjacent Bleu-Blanc-Rouge hockey rink (Park le Carignan). The tradition began four years ago as a way to further honour Officer Pierre Beaulieu, a lifetime resident of Montreal North, who was gunned down while on duty in 1984. Participants in the contest raise money for Fondation Beaulieu-Blondin, an organization that works with underprivileged children in Montreal North. Watch this video for highlights of their first outdoor classic: https://vimeo.com/58188696.  Students will also hold their annual Coffee House evening, whereas original stories, music and poems will be shared in front of their peers and family members.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca