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How parents can best support their kids in school

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By now, most of us with school-aged children have settled into the routines of fall and the new school year. Of course, this means getting up early, packing lunches, driving here and there in our very busy lives and of course hearing about the school day at the dinner table.

If your kids are anything like mine, you likely hear stories about what their friends did that day, who the favourite teachers are and how they’ve done on their assignments. Of course, we always hope the stories are positive and that your child’s experience at school is a good one.

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New TLDSB superintendent of business services

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Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) trustees approved the appointment of Tim Ellis as the board’s new superintendent of business services, replacing Bob Kaye who will be retiring after working for 28 years with the board.

Ellis will be responsible for system fiscal management and accountability, as well as leadership of facility and transportation departments.

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EQAO results show local students struggling, especially Grade 3

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EQAO results show students struggling, especially Grade 3

Local Grade 3 EQAO results from the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) show a drop in all three assessment areas — reading, writing, and math. Reading and writing results in Grade 6 are holding steady, indicating a slight decline of one per cent in math, just as the provincial results also dropped by one per cent in Grade 6 math.

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Board finds needed $2 million in estimated teacher sick leave

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TLDSB Director of Education Larry Hope has reached out to local unions for support.

As the Trillium Lakelands District School Board grapples with a $2 million funding shortfall in expected revenues, it found the solution in decreasing the amount of money it is allocating for teacher sick leave.

Director of Education Larry Hope just hopes it wasn’t a one-time solution, and so has reached out to the local union presidents for support.

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Back To School: Post-Secondary pursuits, past and present

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Trent University is one of a few popular post-secondary choices for local graduates.

A familiar ritual plays out across Kawartha Lakes on the first Tuesday of September. It’s a ritual that most of us have participated in – sometimes grudgingly, often anxiously. For those living in the countryside, this ritual involves waiting at the end of a long laneway for a yellow bus.

For those in town, it involves making a five, 10, 15, or 20-minute journey by foot, or occasionally by car. Parents reassure their children that they will do well on their first day of Kindergarten, while down the street their teen-aged counterparts are gaily exchanging pleasantries about their summer break, and comparing notes about who is taking what classes this semester.

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

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French Immersion enrollment swells, forces school board to use Central Senior

Overcrowding at Leslie Frost Public School in Lindsay – the only public system school in all of Kawartha Lakes that had offered French Immersion – has forced the school board to send its Grade 7-8 French Immersion students elsewhere this fall.

The decision was made public for the first time May 22 by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Superintendent of Education Katherine MacIver says the decision will affect about 67 students in Grades 7 and 8 who otherwise would have gone to Leslie Frost.

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost
Teacher Sylvie Dugas and her Grade 1 and 2 students at Leslie Frost.

Teacher Sylvie Dugas couldn’t have known that trying out something new this year to celebrate the recent 100th day of school could yield such a cascade of positive energy.

And yet when she asked her 20 students to do five random acts of kindness in celebration of the 100th day of learning this year, two co-workers heard about the plan and ran with it, too.

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years
Coding school areas in Kawartha Lakes, top. Tina Franzen, technology services coordinator, left.

The mounting interest and need for students to learn code has been recognized in Kawartha Lakes for three years now — and school board officials expect that interest to grow.

“Very quickly we realized the powerful and deep connections to thinking, creativity and curriculum,” says Laura Blaker, communications officer for Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

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Local students’ top choices in universities and colleges

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Data from Trillium Lakelands District School Board shows where area students most want to go to college and university – and what they’re interested in studying.

Laura Blaker, communications officer with Trillium Lakelands District School Board, says the data was based on survey work with students. The sampling is not 100 per cent accurate, she says, “because we aren’t able to make 100 per cent contact with all of our graduates.”

However, Blaker notes that “we believe this data paints a relatively clear picture.”

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School board official responds to employer’s criticisms of education today

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“Look to that section. These are the aspects that develop the whole person.”

A superintendent of learning at the local school board is urging employers to reflect on the great students they have hired over the years, instead of the ones that haven’t worked out, to try and replicate those successes.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Bruce Barrett spoke to the The Lindsay Advocate about student success in the workplace, after critical comments were made by one of the town’s largest private sector employers, Mariposa Dairy.

The owner of the dairy factory, Bruce Vandenberg, suggested there were a lot of issues with reliability within the 18-35 age group – and he in part blamed the school system and parents for not letting kids fail or face consequences for their actions. The story was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook and has been read nearly 60,000 times.

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