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Local teacher elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers

July 11, 2018 education

A teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) was recently elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Nicole van Woudenberg has been a teacher since 1998; most recently at the board she held the position of Special Education Coordinator, working to support and promote inclusive education for all students […]

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Catholic board’s test rates improve slightly

September 26, 2014 education

Test results for Grade 9 students with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board showed marginal improvement from last year, up one per cent. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the results from the province’s Grade 9 assessment of mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The board saw improvements in […]

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Barrie moves to secure high school in downtown Barrie

December 3, 2013 education

The City of Barrie is lending its support, as well as municipally owned lands, to the effort to develop at new Barrie Central Collegiate on the site of the current one. The City says it will make lands adjacent to the high school available, at fair market value, to developers who want to respond to […]

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School’s in for the summer

April 9, 2013 education

Ah,summertime when the living is easy and the schools dormant until the ringing of the bells, when autumn breezes herald the continuity of nature’s cycle of life. Well, not really – summer might official kick off when school’s out, but for some students needing or wanting a bit of continued learning, summer is also a […]

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Trustees nix closing of Catholic schools

February 28, 2013 education

The board of trustees of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board have decided not to close any of the schools within the North Barrie Pupil Accommodation Review area. Schools that had been under review included Monsignor Clair, Sister Catherine Donnelly, The Good Shepherd, St. Monica’s, St. Marguerite d’Youville, and St. Mary’s. Instead of closing […]

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Principal receives national honours

February 11, 2013 education

A local principal has earned national accolades for his work, and will be in Toronto at a gala dinner receiving his honours with 51 other principals from across Canada, at the end of the month. Steve Morrow is principal of The Good Shepherd Catholic School in Barrie, and was named one of the country’s outstanding […]

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Board inks deal with occasional teachers

November 28, 2012 education

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Simcoe Muskoka District School Board and its occasional teachers. Details of the agreement will not be released until it’s ratified by the union and the board’s trustees. The educators are members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA). The agreement was reached Monday. “We are extremely […]

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School board touts test results

September 12, 2012 education

Students at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are performing at or above provincial testing standards, says the board. Grade 3, 6 and 9 testing results for reading, writing and mathematics released by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) show a positive outcome for students and the board, according to a release. Results […]

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Public board hosts equity symposium

February 21, 2012 education

Teachers and students from four school boards will be at the education centre in Midhurst for an Equity in Action symposium, Friday, March 2. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will host about 250 students and 50 teachers from the four boards, including itself. Other boards scheduled to participate are the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic […]

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Board seeks partners for Barrie’s Central

October 14, 2011 education

The future of Barrie Central Collegiate is back on the table next month as the school board hosts a meeting on possible partnership proposals to rebuild or redevelop the school. The meeting scheduled for Nov. 15 is the latest development in a series of steps taken to save the school from being torn down; last […]

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Doors open to Georgian ‘wellness’ school

August 31, 2011 education

A mere day after the province coughed up $19 million to kick start work on the Duckworth/400 interchange, another recipient of public funds unveiled the fruits of labour today with the grand opening of Georgian College’s School of Health and Wellness. The school will offer training for students interested in a career in the health-care […]

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More skills training at Barrie high schools

July 4, 2011 education

New job skills education is coming to three Barrie high schools in the fall as the province expands the Specialist High Skills Majors program. Skills development in non-profit, construction, business and sports sectors will be in place at St. Joan of Arc, St. Joseph’s, and St. Peter’s high schools – non-profit at St. Joan’s, construction […]

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Good and bad news in Grade 10 test results

June 17, 2011 education

“One of our key goals is to close the achievement gaps for all of our students so that every student can reach his or her full potential.” The results for Grade 10 testing are out, and Simcoe county boards of education numbers are similar to provincial results, with averages for the county’s Catholic board slightly […]

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Barrie patrollers head to Toronto

May 25, 2011 education

A group of elementary students from Barrie headed to Toronto today, an adventure that provides them with two fun-filled days in the big city. About 70 safety patrollers from school across barrie boarded buses for Toronto, heading out with five Barrie Police School Resource Officers and teachers. All part of the Safety Patroller Program, the […]

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Summer school’s ‘cool’ options

May 18, 2011 education

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is offering students looking to beat the heat of summer school some “innovative and cool” options. Traditional summer school offerings, including missed credits, upgrades and new courses, are available, as are new initiatives that include co-operative credits, which allow students the opportunity to earn two credits from practical […]

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Barrie students win skills medals

May 11, 2011 education

Two Barrie students brought medals home from the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, held last week in Waterloo. Steve Giampa and Dave Hurst from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Barrie won a bronze medal in 3D Character Animation at the competition which attracted 1,800 competitors from across Canada, and more than 30,000 spectators. The competition […]

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School board recognizes character

May 11, 2011 education

The Simcoe County District School Board celebrated solid citizenry in its midst by honouring 100 students, employees and volunteers who demonstrate positive character traits. The board’s annual Commit to Character program culminated in the recognition of the 100 last Thursday; they were nominated by friends, associates and colleagues. (Click here to see the names of […]

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Romeo Dallaire reads for Barrie students

April 13, 2011 education

Romeo Dallaire, the retired Canadian general who ‘shook hands with the devil’ while coming face to face with a human calamity in Rwanda, will be in Barrie on Thursday helping students understand the power of the written word. Dallaire is scheduled to be a keynote speaker in the fourth annual L3: Writers’ Conference at Barrie […]

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Barrie schools power down for Earth Hour

March 25, 2011 education

Earth Hour has arrived a day early at the Simcoe County District School Board. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. today (March 25), board schools and facilities are encouraged to celebrate Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour. “SCDSB schools and facilities have participated in this event for the past three years, and […]

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Students raise funds for Japan relief

March 25, 2011 education

A group of students at Goodfellow Public School have made ‘Japan Bracelets,’ which they are selling to staff and students to raise funds for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims. Emily Goodman, a student at the Innisfil school, was moved to action by the disaster in Japan, and the human suffering she witnessed. She was emotionally […]

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Designer, Haldendy, to visit Barrie

February 23, 2011 education

Designer renowned for introducing post-secondary campus to a downtown core – may resonate with those looking to rejuvenate downtown Barrie with similar development The city’s department of culture is bringing award-winning designer Eric (Rick) Haldenby to town for a presentation at the Southshore Community Centre. Haldenby is a graduate of the Waterloo School of Architecture, […]

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Students encouraged to speak up

February 16, 2011 education

Students at elementary and secondary schools across Barrie will join peers throughout the public school board in ‘speaking out. The Ministry of Education has put $24,000 on the table to support 35 student-led projects through the Student Voice/SpeakUp program, in which students connect real-life experiences with what is happening in the classroom. Students work with […]

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Barrie schools get early-ed jump

February 16, 2011 education

Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky dropped by Codrington Public School yesterday for a visit to a full-day kindergarten program, and a chat with students, parents and staff. She was the second minister to drop by in as many days; today (Wednesday), transportation minister Kathleen Wynne was in town, at the GO station, to announce the […]

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‘Musical jukebox’ at Barrie North

February 8, 2011 arts and entertainment

‘Leader of the Pack‘ comes to Barrie North Collegiate, as students present the first ‘Broadway jukebox musical,’ Feb. 17, 18, and 19. The play celebrates the life and times of Brooklyn-born Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the pop charts in the early to mid-1960s. “This upbeat presentation will showcase Ellie […]

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Weekend break-in closes St. Peter’s

February 7, 2011 education

Students arriving for classes this morning at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School found the school closed after an apparent break-in during the weekend sparked an investigation and a clean-up. Damage consisted of a fire extinguisher being discharged. There are no health and safety concerns, the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board says on its site. […]

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