Near North District School Board would like to thank our staff and parents most sincerely for allowing us the time to work in a focused and authentic way with all students and families anticipated to move to West Ferris for the south school French program as outlined in our original plan for our North Bay high school consolidation.
The Board finalized data collection, as of last Friday, indicates that it will be best for our current grade 9, 10, and 11 students enrolled at Chippewa to stay at Chippewa to finish their careers in grades 10, 11 and 12.
Current grade 6, 7, and 8 Extended French and French Immersion students zoned for West Ferris will move to West Ferris as planned for grades 7, 8 and 9.
We believe this is in our students' best interest with respect to efficient delivery of programs between both schools. We also feel this decision honours our students’ voice through the evidence gathered in their course selections through Career Cruising.
Once again the Board is thankful to staff, parents and students for allowing us this time to work with the data so we could be sure of where it was best to offer strong courses as we continue to grow the south school program.
The Near North District School Board is proud to announce that Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, has been awarded a grant of $10,000.00 from MusiCounts. The grant will be used to purchase new instruments.
The Near North District School Board is proud to announce via Media Release that West Ferris Intermediate and Secondary School student, Madison Mattias, has been selected to serve as a member of the Ontario Minister of Education’s 2018-2019 Student Advisory Council.
The Near North District School Board believes in transparency and openness. To that end please find a copy of the Director’s Contract. While we must at all times respect the right to privacy under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we believe in promoting greater clarity and accountability.
The 31st Annual Evening of Applause, held on March 21, 2018, recognizes the globally celebrated Day of Anti-Racial Discrimination, and featured nominated and deserving students from Kindergarten to post- secondary from all four school boards and educational institutions across Nipissing District.
The Near North District School Board was pleased to honour 4 nominated and deserving students.
“Students Who Make a Difference” Nominations:
The Near North District School Board is happy to announce to, once again, be a part of the DELF Pilot Project in Ontario.
The DELF is a second language proficiency test that is above and beyond the Grade 12 FSL curriculum. In last year’s project, all participants successfully achieved this world wide recognized accreditation. Please sign up with the link below if you are currently in a grade 12 FSL course and wish to participate in this test of French proficiency. Please speak with your classroom teacher to support your decision.
There is a fee of $50 (cheque made payable to the NNDSB) to cover the cost of the test. Full information was given to interested grade 12 students during a classroom visit and teachers have extra copies.
Our Board graciously appreciates the support and guidance from Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB (DELF Centre) and the Ministry of Education.
Free events for all families! Led by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. Spaces are limited. Register online at http://bit.ly/2mrJACG
Near North District School Board Receives Approval for Capital Funding Requests
February 1, 2018 – The Near North District School Board is very excited to announce that the Government of Ontario has approved very significant capital funding requests, both of which are a result of student accommodation review processes.
Capital funding has been committed to build a new elementary school on the W.J. Fricker Public School site at 790 Norman Avenue in North Bay to accommodate Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from E.T. Carmichael and E.W. Norman public schools, along with Extended French Grade 5 and 6 students from W.J. Fricker Public School. The construction of integrated child care facilities has also been approved with 1 Infant, 1 Toddler, 2 Pre-School rooms as well as the construction of a new EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Working in partnership with the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) and third-party licensee, YMCA Northeastern Ontario, children and families can expect a seamless approach to quality childcare and school programs in one facility, which is anticipated to open in September of 2020.
“The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board is very pleased to support this project, bringing much needed quality early years and childcare services into the education system,” said DNSSAB chair Mark King. “This is an excellent example of considering what’s effective and convenient for children and families in the Nipissing District.”
W.J. Fricker Public School will close at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. In September 2019, Grade 5 and 6 students from W.J. Fricker will be accommodated at E.W. Norman while the new school is being constructed and the Grade 7 and 8 students from W.J. Fricker will attend the Chippewa site.
As previously announced, child care facilities (one Infant room, one Toddler room and one Pre-School room) will be included in the design of the new Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 school at 111 Isabella Street in Parry Sound. Working with the Parry Sound District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) to further enhance services for families, capital funding has been committed by the Government of Ontario to build a new EarlyON Child and Family Centre at the new school. The Board hopes to be able to tender for architectural services this Spring.
“The Board of Trustees are pleased to see another reinvestment of tax dollars supporting our long-term Capital Plan that modernizes local education in the City of North Bay and the Town of Parry Sound,” said school board chair David Thompson.
The Board graciously acknowledges the financial investment the Government of Ontario has committed to these projects.
The Near North District School Board remains committed to: ensuring that students are accommodated in facilities that are safe and healthy; promoting optimal learning environments; and, offering optimal programming options.
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For further information, please contact:
Carrie Girard, Information Officer
(705) 472-8170, extension 5010