Speech contest success lauded


Trustees will hear about the success of the Rainy River District School Board’s annual speech contest tonight at the board’s regular meeting—the final one for the 2014/15 school year.
A report to the board notes the speech contest supports two of its strategic goals of purposeful learning, such as enhancing “student voice” throughout the system and further developing a strength-based learning approach throughout the district.
The Intermediate District Speech Contest is open to all elementary students in Grades 6-8.
“The purpose of each speech presentation is to instruct, inform, persuade, or entertain using natural language,” the report states.
“It is the intention of the contest to promote oral and written communication,” it adds.
“Speeches not only become a large focus in classrooms leading up to the contest, but give purpose to the oral expression and written component of the Ontario Language Curriculum.”
The winner of this year’s speech contest was Janissa Judson, a Grade 8 student from Sturgeon Creek School, who wrote and presented her speech on “Transition Time.”
Jaykob Ryll, a Grade 8 student from Robert Moore School, took second place for his speech on “Life to the Fullest.”
Mira Donaldson, a fellow Grade 8 student from Robert Moore, was awarded third place with her topic, “Transformations.”
The other participants were Morgan Beckett (Robert Moore), Kaitlyn Bruyere and Sammy Stone (J.W. Walker), Harrison Duivenvoorden (Crossroads), Malikai Morrisseau (Donald Young), and Blake Ferris (Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program).
Also at tonight’s meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. at the Education Centre here, the board will:
•recognize retirees, as well as present a bus driver award, volunteers award, and community partners award;
•look to approve the following policies for stakeholder consultation: 6.20 (School Attendance Zones) and 6.50 (Student Accommodation);
•receive the notice of intent to amend the board’s procedural bylaw, Section 8.2 (Public Delegations) to include Public Delegations for Student Accommodation Reviews;
•look to authorize administration to execute the contracts with Thunder Bay Telephone for fibre services;
•look to authorize administration to execute the Facility Partnership Agreement with the Rainy River Playschool Inc.; and
•look to approve the 2015-16 budget in the amount of $50,209,961 (pending approval from the Ministry of Education for use of $482,259 from accumulated surplus).