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EMSB SET FOR FIRST DAY OF CLASSES  TUES. SEPTEMBER 2

MONTREAL, AUGUST 29, 2008-  Students  of the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) primary and secondary institutions will return to class on  Tuesday,   September 2, 2008. 

Media are invited to Hampstead Elementary School (83 Thurlow) where a number of EMSB officials and Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg will be present.  Mayor Steinberg went to the school from Grade  2 to 7 . “I was ahead of the times as a special needs student, with a hearing disability,  before the category was recognized,” he said.

Students will also unveil the school’s first ever official uniform. Broadcasting live from 5:30 a.m to 9 a.m. will be the CJAD morning show, hosted by Andrew Carter.

Hampstead School was opened in 1925, and for decades served as the community school. It has since evolved into a school with a much more encompassing student population and now serves a broad socio-economic level of students.  For several years,  in fact, it was classified as a category 2 inner-city core English school. Hampstead School has evolved a philosophy of inclusion for students with special needs, and promotes the special programs and staffing that are needed to ensure the success of each of its students. 

In 1995, the school introduced the Success for All (SFA)  Language Arts model, a state-of-the-art, research-based program for teaching reading and writing that was originally developed at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. This model benefits both advanced students and students with leaning difficulties: all are able to proceed at their own pace.  SFA is a comprehensive reading approach . The program, for grades K to 6, emphasizes prevention and early intervention.  It is based on extensive research into the ways children learn to read and write. At the heart of the program is 90 minutes of uninterrupted, daily reading instruction. Beginning in the first grade, children are grouped across classes and grades by reading level. Regrouping gives each teacher the opportunity to work intensively with students one reading level at a time.

The EMSB serves more than 37,000 students at 38 elementary schools, 17 secondary schools, nine outreach schools, 11 social affairs institutions and 11 adult and vocational centres.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of linguistic school boards in Quebec and the EMSB will be celebrating in a big way. Special activities will be launched on the 10th of September when all elementary school students will parade around their respective neighbourhood streets, carrying special 10th anniversary flags while high school students will take part in walk-a-thons to mark the occasion. In the event of severe rain, these programs will be rescheduled  to Friday, September  12. Meanwhile, also on September 10, the EMSB Administration Building at 6000 Fielding in N.D.G. will be the site of a series of special events.

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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