School News

Summer School

posted Mar 25, 2019, 6:57 AM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Mar 25, 2019, 6:59 AM ]

Summer School Packages are available from Mrs. McEachern for any Grade 7 or 8 student interested in participating in the programs being offered. 
There are 3 different programs being offered to students:
Literacy or Numeracy Programs
This 2 week program is offered to students who do not consistently attain a Level 3 on their report card.  The program is to reinforce key concepts that are the foundations to success in Grade 8 and 9.

New to Canada Grade 7 and 8 Summer School
This program is for students entering Grade 8 or 9 in September who are newly arrived in Canada and developing their language skills.  The goal is to support students with English oral communication, reading and writing skills

Grade 8 ONLY High School Summer Credit Courses
Grade 8 students have an opportunity to earn 1 of 2 possible Grade 9 Credit courses.  
Exploring Canada's Indigenous Cultures 
Students will identify Indigenous art forms and describe the relationships between art and Indigenous traditions, philosophy, and culture

Exploring My Future - Grade 10 
Students will investigate occupations of interest and will develop an understanding of work through practical hands on experience. 
Both courses are OPEN - meaning students are able to take without a prerequisite.  These courses run for 4 weeks July 2nd-26th.

For more information regarding Summer School - please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. McEachern @ mceachernk@hdsb.ca for any information.

"Bee" Your Best

posted Aug 22, 2018, 10:13 AM by Jane Jolly   [ updated May 23, 2019, 6:56 AM by Leslie Ann Hagarty ]

School Council would like to thank the families who participated in our 'Bee' Your Best Family Fun & Wellness Night last Thursday; the turnout was great! Thanks to our volunteers as well as our workshop facilitators:

 

  • Junglesport,

  • Shannon Smith - MPOWER,

  • Nora Zylstra-Savage,

  • Power Yoga Canada,

  • and St. John Therapy Dogs.

 

Shannon Smith has been kind enough to offer a discount to Stewarttown students on all of her MPOWER programs. Feel free to contact her at shannonsmith@mprogram.org for more information.

 

We would love your feedback of the event!  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the link below. Thank you. https://forms.gle/17EqXKnpEx3vB8GG6





SchoolCashOnline Help?

posted Aug 30, 2017, 6:14 PM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

  School Cash Online has CHANGED to a NEW SYSTEM.  ALL parents will have to register with the new system.  ALL payments made to Stewarttown MS are encouraged to be made through Cashless.  PLEASE register today.  Click HERE or click on the Cashless Icon along the top of the Home Page to register.
To register for Cashless you will require your son / daughter's  - STUDENT NUMBER - THIS IS NOT THE OEN NUMBER - please contact the school if you do not have your child's Student Number

The following link is a video to help parents with the registration process for School Cash Online.  Please feel free to share or post on a school website.

https://vimeo.com/133141615

School Council

posted Apr 28, 2016, 9:15 AM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 8:04 AM ]

 Our School Council Chair is Wendy Bukvic. Meetings start at 6:00 pm and are usually scheduled the second Monday of the month. Please check the calendar for dates.

HDSB Fair Funding - Open Letter

posted Apr 28, 2016, 8:35 AM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 5:58 AM ]

To:  
Hon. Ted Arnott, MPP Wellington/Halton Hills; Hon. Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education

Re:  Funding for Students in the Halton District School Board

I am writing on behalf of Stewarttown Middle School's Parent Council in Georgetown regarding the education funding formula and how it pertains to the Halton District School Board (HDSB).  Our school council recently learned that HDSB is the lowest funded Ontario English public school board on a per student basis.  In addition, we understand that HDSB has been funded below the provincial average for more than 10 years. This is surprising and very disappointing news especially considering the significant growth in student enrolment that our board has experienced over this timeframe.  We are a very active school council and we work hard to fundraise for additional needs at our school.  It's frustrating to learn that funding from the province does not appear to be fair and that the schools in our board are facing financial pressure due to an out-dated funding model. 
   
Our council would like to understand why the funding formula places our board last.  We ask you to urge the Ministry of Education to revise the funding model and advocate for fair funding for HDSB. 

Regards,
Wendy Bukvic, School Council Chair on behalf of council members:
Heidi McConnell
Lindsay Taylor
Cari Schmidt
Stacey Freeborn
Jamie Doran
Heather Bell
Beth Loch
Amy Semple
Felice Butterfield
Brennan Rossini
Jenny Smith
Rhonda Campbell

Blanket Exercise - Thursday April 4th

posted Apr 19, 2016, 8:23 AM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Mar 25, 2019, 7:00 AM ]

Please join us on Thursday April 4th to participate in the Indigenous Blanket Exercise. This activity will run from 6:30-8 pm in the Gym.
RSVP HERE


We are Eco-Gold!

posted Apr 7, 2016, 12:19 PM by Karla McEachern   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 6:36 AM by Dawn Lazerte ]

Check out our Milk Bag Mattresses! Mattress Photos link. Our recycled creations will be donated to Doctors without Borders for surgical mats, medical supply packing and for people in under developing countries to sleep on. A huge thanks to the Montini Family for building us the 8 weaving frames and donating the cost of supplies (Granpa Michele in particular)!



What does it mean to be an Eco School? In June 2016, Stewarttown became a certified Eco-Gold by the EcoSchools network. In the past five years, our school has climbed from Bronze to Silver to Gold due to efforts of a strong student Green Team and school leadership. The Director of Education congratulated us stating, "I know this is a significant accomplishment that involves school-wide teamwork and leadership on the part of students, staff, and community members; energy conservation; waste minimization; school ground greening; environmental lessons and field trips directly connected to The Ontario Curriculum; and/or environmental stewardship projects and events. I commend your efforts and wish you continued success in your work with all aspects of environmental and sustainability education."


Please continue to save your can tabs, milk bags and used markers for our environmental stewardship projects. We collected over 100 lbs. of tabs and sold them to a scrapmetal place donating $100 in funds to help buy a wheelchair for the Child Amputee Program with War Amps. The Roe family kindly donated their grandfather's wheelchair to the school for internal use for minor injuries on the playing field. The milk bags are used to make mattresses for underdeveloping countries and the markers are recycled by Crayola. Every week, our students do compost audits and assess each class on how well they compost without contaminants in the green bins. The students also do energy and waste audits. In 2015-16 and continuing today, all classes reduced their waste substantially by using a smaller garbage can instead of the large ones used for years. More waste was diverted to blue and green bins and the custodian noted financial savings too for garbage bags.


The Greening Project is now underway with the creation of a Butterfly Garden and more trees and shrubs being planted. Earth Week and Environmental Awareness and Stewardship are key pillars of the mandate of the Green Team and the whole school must work very hard to keep the GOLD status. Families can get involved by saving our recyclable items mentioned above, donating funds towards our Greening Projects (planting indigenous shrubs and tress) and helping us hydrate the plants in the summer months.



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