Michael Chechile, Director General of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, is always on-the-go; visiting schools and seeing students and teachers in action and witnessing months of preparation and planning come to life. Each month Mr. Chechile will present a summary of where he's been, who's he's met, and how the LBPSB community continues to impress him.
TOPS #next Storytellers
I had the privilege of visiting a TOPS rehearsal; only a couple of days before opening night. Not only was I completely blown away by the students’ singing and dancing talents, but the sense of teamwork and camaraderie was truly remarkable. For its 14th year, TOPS brought the crowd at Lakeside Academy to its feet in roaring cheers and applause. Congratulations to all our TOPS performers and their fearless leader, Ashley Daniel Foot, for another spectacular showcase.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, students from Lindsay Place and St. Thomas High Schools travelled to France to attend a remembrance ceremony. Many of the students felt a close connection to the fallen soldiers; many of whom were teens themselves while they served. As one student recounted, “there were definitely a lot of emotions...pride, honour, and also sympathy.”
Adult Learners’ Gala
On April 6th, we recognized the achievements of our adult learners at our annual Adult Learners’ Gala. Students were presented with certificates and representatives from each center addressed the crowd of fellow students, teachers and distinguished guests. For some it was an emotional event. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.
Verdun School Perseverance Summit
Meaningful partnerships were formed and insights were shared at the Verdun School Perseverance Summit. Staff representatives from Riverview, Verdun Elementary, and Beurling Academy learned about the key demographics of the Verdun community and the need to promote staying in school. Our team participated in hands-on activities with other schools and community groups; working together on a shared goal of school success.
Thanks to all the students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents who helped make April such a success. Stay tuned bright and sunny MAY with the LIFE Leadership Summit, OSEntreprendre gala, and so much more!