New Mural, Making Maple Syrup, Community Connections & much more!(Chateauguay Valley CLC) – May 2017

Chateauguay Valley CLC News & Notes — 


Heritage Elementary School 

The We Movement team at Heritage held a Jelly Bean guessing Fundraiser to help raise awareness for Autism Awareness month!

Culture in the School
Thanks to the Culture in the school grant, many activities were planned to celebrate and encourage culture. The activities included puppet making, soap making and creating a mural. A special thanks to Miss. Bernert for organizing numerous activities.

NEW Mural !
Cycle 3 students helped create a mural in the cafeteria with an artist. The mural represents all the different municipalities in which our students come from. 

Soap Making Workshop
Local business owner and multi-talented artist Mary Sullivan gave a workshop with students in which they created their own soap. Mary’s dedication to local nontoxic ingredients educated the students about what goes into their every day products they use. 

On April 19th & 20th students met Anne Lalancette a professional puppeteer who came to the school for a workshop. Cycles 1, 2 and the Learning Centre were all able to take part in the workshops and made their own sock puppets!


Cabane à Sucre 
Students and staff were treated to a Sugar Shack meal put on by Café Teacher Marie-Claire and her team. Long Tables were set up in the student lounge to have everyone sit together just like an authentic Cabane à Sucre style meal !!

Clothing Swap
The Centre hosted another Clothing Swap. This now semi-annual initiative allows students to freshen up their wardrobe without opening their wallet. A huge thanks to staff for their support of the event, as well as those who brought in clothes for the swap!

Autism Awareness
Students and Staff showed off their blue in a photo booth style fashion outside the Sunshine Class and Sunshine Camp classrooms in April. A big thank you to our partner Melissa’s Sunshine Camp for their enthusiasm and dedication to this important cause!

Hemmingford Elementary School

Community Connections 
For 6 consecutive weeks, HES has been running their Community Connections program. Grade 6 students did field experience in the village including, a visit to the Parc Safari office, a local farm, a convenient store, a grocery store and a daycare. Younger students who stayed at the school could choose between 10 other workshops, such as science, painting, woodworking, chess, cooking, crafts, technology, dance, and dactylography. Thank you to all our volunteers; the program was once again a great success!

Franklin Elementary School

How Maple Syrup is made
As an afternoon treat, the kindergarten class went next door to Blair Orchards, and explored their sugar shack. They enjoyed learning about the cycle of maple syrup, and saw the sap circulate through the pipe lines. Afterward, they enjoyed some warm syrup inside.

Grades 3 & 4 started a school composting program at Franklin! The compost has been installed in the playground, this eco-friendly initiative will help maintain soil quality and fertility in our gardens.

Ormstown Elementary School 

A Big Show!
OES Goes Disney has been, for the second year in a row, an extraordinary success! Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast were presented by the Cycle 3 students. While the older students were acting and dancing on stage, Cycle 2 students provided all of the live music. The gymnasium was packed with family and community members who came to cheer on the talented students.

Everyone Learns Differently!
April was Autism Awareness month, OES acknowledged it by having all students and staff perform a Multiple Intelligence survey. The survey informed everyone about their learning preferences and highlighted that we all learn differently. A beautiful representation of everyone’s learning preferences was created for our classrooms.

Chateauguay Valley Regional High School

CVR’s First Annual IGNITE Grade 11 Conference…where preparation sparks opportunity!
Grade 11 students participated in our first ever “IGNITE” Student Conference.  The idea came from teacher Mary Sauve and her students to acquire some tools and life skills that they may need after graduation. Students had the chance to choose from a ranged of workshops on stress, budgeting, auto repair, home repairs, cooking on a budget, self-defense, safety in the city and many more.   Thanks to all staff, volunteers and students who helped make our 1st Annual IGNITE Conference a success!

Soiree Communau-T HSL Community Nights
Our final of four Soirees for 2016-2017 was held on April 11, in Saint-Agnes-de-Dundee, with 24 community organizations present and over 60 members in attendance. Everyone was ecstatic with the event, as one guest said, “I was surprised about how many organizations exist”.  Check out the Facebook page to see dates & locations for next year.

 Intergenerational Café
Ms. Langevin’s grade 11 Ethics class were happy to
welcome back adults/seniors from our communities to share their experience and expertise. Each Café had different themes about self reflections, career exploration and health. It is amazing to see and listen to the conversations that the students and community members are having  and sharing their experiences together. This new initiative has been so successful that we are already looking forward to continuing our “Café” for the 2017/2018 school year.

Earth Day and Composting
Grade 11 students Kristina Collum and Angelina Demarco chose Earth Day to launch a school wide composting program. With the help of the students in the Work-Oriented Training Path (WOTP), compostable waste is picked up daily from the cafeteria and school’s cooking classroom. Kristina’s and Angelina’s hope is to leave a lasting impact on their school by making it more environmentally friendly with the reduction of waste. The school also supported Earth Day by the throwing of flower bombs to help bring back the bees and butterflies.

“Think You’re a Spartan”
 The 3rd annual Spartan Run took place on April 29th at CVR.  Approximately 120 participants ran 3.5km and tackled 24 obstacles throughout the campus. All proceeds from the run goes to support the students participating in Le Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie au Secondaire. Over the weekend May 12-14th, 35 students and 6 coaches will run relay from Quebec City to Montreal. The team would like to thank the participants as well as the sponsors who made all of this possible.

Les Camelleons
CVR was proud to host this year’s presentation of “Le Nez” by our partner “Les Camelleons”.  The group of intellectually and physically challenged adults put in many hours of practice every year to present a fun and entertaining show for all to enjoy.  Congrats to all the performers!

Junior Spartans Basketball
Over the course of the winter, every Friday night, more than 75 students from Grades 1 to 6 throughout our communities get together to developed their basketball skills. A big thanks to Brian Woods and his many volunteers for making a difference in our community.  Can’t wait to see everyone back next year! 


Community Award
John Hodges, carpentry teacher at CVCEC, was awarded a Certificate of Recognition at this year’s Gala Reconnaissance du Haut-Saint-Laurent.  Community has always been a big part of John’s teaching inside and outside the classroom. John has helped build book houses for each municipality in the Haut-Saint-Laurent. He is also part of the Habitat for Humanity build in Ormstown  for two families. These community projects would never have been possible without John’s knowledge, understanding and teamwork skills.  John’s willingness to give his free time to help assist others in making a difference in their communities is a valuable quality.  Congratulations John!

Students Visit CVCEC
Two groups of students from Harmony visited the center to see first hand all the programs offered at the centre. Each trade offered students a hands-on, engaging opportunity to see what it would be like to be a carpenter, a home health care assistant, landscaper and a residential and commercial drafter. Great job everyone!

 CVCEC Graduation
Family and friends came out to see many successful students receive their diplomas at this year’s graduation ceremony.  Valedictorians of each trade spoke highly of their colleagues and teachers and thanked their families and friends for their support throughout their journey.   Congratulations to all! There was lots to be proud of; seventy-seven Construction Carpentry graduates, thirteen Construction Business Management students, fourteen Home Care Assistance, fifteen  Health Assistant and Nursing students, five Landscaping Operations and twelve Residential and Commercial Drafting students were recognized for their hard work and dedication.

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