By Jane Bowley, teacher.
Amanda Vollick Ross ran an extremely successful United Way Campaign raising $1053.88 for organizations in our community .Donations were made through dedicated staff and student activities.
Events for students included Tape a Teacher to the Wall (Mr. Baia and Mr. Wolfe), busking in the Cafeteria (music students), the Helping Hands Homeroom competition where students purchased helping hands for $2.00 which were posted in the front hall, and a Field Hockey buyout. Events for staff included dress down Fridays, a Staff luncheon, and a silent auction where staff had the opportunity to purchase Mr. Moore and Mr. Baia to teach a class.
On November 17th all grades 9 and 10 students participated in a TVDSB Violence Prevention play entitled “Cut” which addresses violence in relationship issues. After viewing the play, senior students facilitated activities designed to encourage discussion and skills with the goal of prevention of violent behaviour.
The Breakfast Program continues to serve 40-50 students each day, especially those athletes who have had morning practices! The group appreciates donations that are coming in and welcome everything that might be used for breakfast.
GDHS had its first music concert of the school year on Wednesday, November 9. The next concert will be Wednesday, December 14, weather permitting.
On Monday October 31st the halls were filled with so many different faces and creatures as students displayed their Halloween costumes. The Students’ Council organized an assembly that allowed the student body to vote on the costumes they liked most. A JibJab video of staff acting ghoulish was a new addition to the assembly, as was a demonstration of a self-carving pumpkin by Mr. Broderick. Many of the Glencoe public donated canned goods that were picked up by Students’ Council volunteers on Halloween Night. A huge thank you goes out to all those who made this canned goods drive such a success.
The Students’ Council celebrated their hard work by attending The Black Light Harvest Dance on November 4th. Over 100 students supported this event organized by the Students’ Council Dance Committee.
On November 3rd the GDHS District Review Team welcomed several visitors to the school to introduce them to all that GDHS has to offer. On November 24th, the Ministry of Education-mandated District Review will take place at GDHS. These visitors will visit classrooms and will tour the school with the goal of learning what the school currently does well and giving feedback on areas of improvement.