MONTREAL, FEBRURAY 8, 2011 – From February 14 to 18, schools across the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will be taking part in Hooked on School Week, an initiative developed by the Montreal Hooked on School organization (Réseau réussite Montréal).
Consisting of 28 partners dedicated to keeping youth and families at the center of their efforts to increase school retention, Montreal Hooked on School is committed to developing projects in partnership with local and regional actors to increase the reach and the impact of actions undertaken to help youth, their families, as well as community stakeholders.
Throughout the week, events will be organized with the goal of having a positive impact on young people, parents, and other concerned parties, with the objective of increasing school persistence and success, and reconnecting with school.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a continuous Hooked on School initiative from February 14 to 18:
- Fraser Academy (950 Fraser) in St. Laurent will be hosting the Bartimaeus Social Skills Program for students in Grades 1 and 2 throughout the week. Organized and run by Bartimaeus Inc., the organization has been successfully supporting individuals who are experiencing emotional, psychological, developmental and/or behavioural difficulties and their families since 1988.
- Cedarcrest Elementary School (1505 Muir) in St. Laurent will be presenting its students with a transition to high school program each afternoon throughout the week. Additionally, in conjunction with its week-long winter carnival, the school will be organizing activities which promote physical and mental well-being.
- St. Dorothy School (8961 – 6th Avenue) in St. Michel will mark Hooked on School week by having Resource Teacher, Ms. Melissa speak to students about her own school experiences as an individual with hearing difficulties. She will discuss how she persevered and overcame the challenges she faced with the strong support of her family, friends, and special teachers. Following Ms. Melissa’s presentation, students will be asked to reflect on who inspires them to try their best and want to be their best. Students in Cycles 2 and 3 will be encouraged explore the hidden meaning behind motivational quotes supplied by the teacher and write what they think their quote means. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Cycle 1 will be asked to share who is the most important person in their lives through drawing and writing short sentences. All of these creative mediums will be put onto a fish template and “hooked” to a net which will be an elaborate showcase of what the students at St. Dorothy School are inspired by and believe in.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a Hooked on School initiative on Monday, February 14:
- St. Monica Elementary School (6440 Terrebonne) in N.D.G. will be hosting an afternoon play on mythology.
- Edinburgh Elementary School (500 Hudson) in Montreal West will be hosting a special dance extracurricular activity for its students in the afternoon.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a Hooked on School initiative on Tuesday, February 15:
- Fraser Academy (950 Fraser) in St. Laurent will be hosting their winter carnival under the banner of “School is Cool.” The carnival will run from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
- LaurenHill Academy’s Junior (2355 Decelles) and Senior (2505 Cote Vertu) campuses in St. Laurent will be hosting a family night for parents and students.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a Hooked on School initiative on Wednesday, February 16:
- Gerald McShane Elementary School (6111 Maurice Duplessis) in Montreal North will use the afternoon to present “Building the Future with Links from the Past” to its students.
- Edinburgh Elementary school (500 Hudson) in Montreal West will be hosting a special choir extracurricular activity for its students in the afternoon.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a Hooked on School initiative on Thursday, February 17:
- Rosemount High School (3737 Beaubien) will welcome approximately 500 Secondary III students from for a one-of-a-kind concert set to encourage students to remain in school. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, students from LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and John F. Kennedy School in St. Michel will join their peers at Rosemount High School for the “Hooked on Music/Don’t Stop Believing Concert and Presentation”. Taking centre stage will be Rosemount High School’s Symphonic Winds Orchestra who has continuously dazzled audiences since the early 1960’s. They will be followed by performances by LaurenHill Academy’s Jazz Band. Intertwined throughout the concert will be speakers from the fitness program at John F. Kennedy High School as well as two former high school drop-outs who will offer personal testimonials which will hopefully point the students down the right path. Collectively, the three schools will demonstrate how music and physical activity can play a vital role in enhancing and enduring one’s education.
- LaurenHill Academy’s Junior Campus (2355 Decelles) will be hosting CJAD morning news anchor Andrew Peplowski and noted hip hop artist and actor Annakin Slayd at 11:30 a.m. Peplowski is a graduate of Father MacDonald High School, which occupied the premises that now belong to the LaurenHill Academy Junior Campus. Slayd just completed the much praised Go Publique video in his own very unique style.
- Edinburgh Elementary School (500 Hudson) in Montreal West will be hosting a special robotics extracurricular activity for its students in the afternoon.
The following EMSB schools will be holding a Hooked on School initiative on Friday, February 18:
- LaurenHill Academy’s Junior (2355 Decelles) and Senior (2505 Cote Vertu) campuses in St. Laurent will be hosting an afternoon activity entitled “Stay in school RAP”.