Pathways Advisory Meeting – Enhancing Community Partnerships

The Student Success Department was honoured today to have members of the community participate in a Pathways Community Advisory Committee meeting.

The session was an excellent opportunity to share important information about the wide range of student opportunities that Trillium Lakelands District School Board offers students and how TLDSB could further enhance this programming through innovative collaboration with the community.

Highlights of Programs Discussed:

We’ve Got You Covered Elementary to Secondary School Transitions
Specialist High Skills Majors
Dual Credits
Cooperative Education
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s session. You have provided invaluable information that will assist us in continuing to provide innovative opportunities for our students.

TLDSB Students Compete at the OTSC Qualifying Competition

Due to the popularity of some contests at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), Skills Canada – Ontario holds Qualifying Competitions to ensure that the most prepared and talented students ultimately compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. Students from Trillium Lakelands DSB participated in four categories of this high-level provincial competition.

Students representing Fenelon Falls Secondary School and Huntsville High School competed at the Barrie and Midland campuses of Georgian College on April 28, 2015 in the following categories:

2D Character Animation (2 teams from Fenelon Falls SS)
Culinary (1 student from Huntsville High School)
TV and Video Production (1 team from Fenelon Falls SS)
Welding (1 student from Fenelon Falls SS and 2 students from Huntsville High School)

Congratulations to Caitlyn Gill and Matt Primmer, from Huntsville High School, who qualified to proceed to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo from May 4-5, 2015. Caitlyn placed 1st in Culinary and Matt placed 2nd in Welding. Way to go!


Central Senior School’s Students As Researchers Team Selected for Provincial Conference

The Students as Researchers (StAR) Team from Central Senior (@CentralSenior) was selected by the Ministry of Education to share their findings in the provincial StAR Conference on April 16, 2015.

The Students as Researchers Conference is a response to students’ suggestions about the importance of learning life skills like research and critical thinking. The conference provides new ways to gather student perspectives and incorporate students’ views into school policy and directives.

The Central Senior StAR Team is researching ways to make the transition easier for their school’s incoming students and for current students as they make their way to high school.

This effort to involve students in research is not meant to exclude an adult presence. The goal is to combine the experiences and efforts of both adults and students for mutual benefit. The Students as Researchers Conference concept encourages:

young people to organize around issues of their choice,
youth and adults to come together in intergenerational partnerships.

By making students and adults equal partners in collaborative inquiry we can support active engagement of students in questions of interest to them. Students work alongside teachers, mobilising student knowledge.

Students become “change agents” who affect school cultures and norms. Students and teachers develop a sense of shared responsibility for the quality and conditions of teaching and learning, both within particular classrooms and more generally within the school community.


Over 300 TLDSB Students Experience Skilled Trades at Exhibition Place

More than 10,000 high school students from across Ontario attended Future Building 2015 in Toronto on April 14th and 15th to learn about the high-tech construction sector. Over 300 students, from the following schools, attended from Trillium Lakelands District School Board:

Bobcaygeon Public School
Fenelon Falls Secondary School
Fenelon Township Public School
JD Hodgson Elementary School
Lady MacKenzie Public School
Langton Public School
Ridgewood Public School
Rolling Hills Public School
Wilberforce Elementary School
Woodville Elementary School

Future Building provides valuable information to students about opportunities for a rewarding and satisfying future in the Ontario Construction industry.

Attendees, receive one on one instruction from successful professionals currently employed in the construction sector who provide answers to questions about:

Career Choices
Education & Training requirements
Job Availability
Job Satisfaction

These volunteers appreciate the value of hands-on exposure and help open the minds of thousands of youth as they share their personal career journeys with tomorrow’s builders, employers and entrepreneurs.

Participants can enjoy a wide variety of activities, for instance you can “move the earth” with operating engineers, “hammer it home” with the carpenters and “learn to rock” with the brick and stone masons or take a ‘virtual walk’ on skyscraper scaffolding.

A career in the skilled construction trades may not be for everyone, but it might be for you!




2015 Muskoka Cardboard Boat Race is Coming!

Cardboard Boat Race Challenges Students’ Design Skills

Grade 8 students from schools across the City of Kawartha Lakes participated in the Cardboard Boat Race today, which explored many of the skills required to be successful in the skilled trades.

Each school sent one team of four students to construct a cardboard boat in two hours with: 2- 4’x8′ sheets of cardboard, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 small can of Lafarge non-toxic contact cement, and 1 paint brush to apply the cement. Each group was judged on design, construction, speed, buoyancy, teamwork, and team spirit.

The day was definitely interactive and fun for students, teachers and judges!

Members of The Strumbellas Inspire Students at I.E. Weldon

Lindsay natives Simon Ward & Daryl James of the Juno Award winning band The Strumbellas led a workshop at I.E. Weldon Secondary School (@IEWeldonSS) on April 8, 2015.

1st Annual Grade 8 Cardboard Boat Races to be Held in CKL

The Trillium Lakeland District School Board is hosting the 1st Annual Grade 8 Cardboard Boat Races for schools in the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL). The event is brought to you by your Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and Pathways Consultants.  The Cardboard Boat race will take place in Lindsay at the Lindsay Recreation Complex on Monday, April 13th, 2015.  A teacher or designate and one group of four grade 8 students have the opportunity to compete against other CKL elementary schools.

Grade 8 students, by participating in a Cardboard Boat Race, will explore many of the skills required to be successful in the skilled trades.  Schools will send a group of four students to construct a cardboard boat in two hours with: 2- 4’x8′ sheets of cardboard, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 small can of non-toxic contact cement, and 1 paint brush to apply the cement.   Each group will be judged on design, construction, speed, buoyancy, teamwork, and team spirit. The day is guaranteed to be interactive and fun for students, teachers and judges!

The Muskoka Grade 8 Cardboard Boat Races will be held at the Bracebridge Sportsplex on March 29, 2015.

Thank you to our Pathways Consultants, Tim McAlpine (@tldsboyap) and Steve Spiers (@SSpiers_TLDSB), for organizing these amazing student opportunities.


Construction and Design at Riverside P.S.

The grade 7s and 8s at Riverside Public School, under the leadership of Ms. Pellerin and Mr. Pitts have been working on a shop class project entitled “Rustic Signs.” This construction & design project has been a hands-on, cross-curricular learning opportunity for the intermediate students at the school. It allows for differentiated teaching to the various learning styles of the students as well as an opportunity to bring engagement to their program.

Students involved are able to make real world connections to the math and art curricula as it applies to the trades and provides them the opportunity to engage in an activity that may lead them to a career in the future.

The students have taken great pride and commitment in creating their works of art in the hopes that the fruits of their labour will result in an even bigger opportunity to build standing work stations for the two classrooms.

Graduate Helps Students Plan Their Pathways to Success

As a student, you might have a notion about what you would like to do for a career. However, have you thought carefully about how to reach that goal?

Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute graduate, Dylan Thomas, shared his personal education journey with about 60 grade 10 to 12 students on Dec. 9, 2014. He was involved a powerful combination of specialized high school programs:

Specialist High Skills Major (Construction)
Gold Star Construction Program (available at LCVI)
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Cooperative Education
Dual Credit Program

As Dylan remarked, “it’s never too early to begin planning.” Finding the right career is all about finding your passion: “You want to make sure that when you wake up on a Monday morning that you’re excited to get to work.”

Even if you aren’t sure right now about what career you would like to pursue, it is definitely valuable to set up an appointment with a Guidance Counsellor in your high school to explore a range of options that are available to you.