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School board pushing MTO for 'safety zone' at Crossroads

Thu, 2017-09-21 16:05 Rainy River District School Board is taking steps to try and implement a "community safety zone" in front of Crossroads School along Highway 613 North. A meeting was held at the Devlin school Monday night to hear concerns of parents and community members, as well as gather ideas to submit to the Ministry of Transportation. Click the link below to read the full article from the September 20, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.

K-12 school proposal off to Ministry of Ed.

Thu, 2017-09-21 15:59 opting to pursue consolidation of Atikokan's public schools into one K-12 school built on the AHS site, the Rainy River District School Board agreed to some fine-tuning of their proposal to the Ministry, at last Wednesday's special meeting there. Click the link to read the full article from the September 18, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.

Students learn about unsafe driving behaviours

Wed, 2017-09-20 14:37
Students at Rainy River, Fort Frances, and Atikokan High Schools participated in the Sweet Life Road Show this week -- a hands-on interactive experience that raises teens’ awareness about the deadliest road risks, and shows them simple strategies to stay safe. It uses methods such as computer gaming and peer theatre to go beyond driver education classes and teach beginner drivers to make safe and strategic decisions. Students were divided into small groups and circulated around 10 stations to learn about a variety of topics, including sharing the road with trucks. Using a real transport truck, students learned how to act and proceed around larger vehicles, taking note of the many blindspots truck drivers face while on the road. Students also learned about dealing with distractions while driving, what to say when a friend is driving recklessly, dealing with roadside emergencies, how to deal with becoming drowsy while driving, why marijuana and driving don’t mix, and much more. The goal of the presentation was to educate teens about unsafe driving behaviours and help them develop workable plans to minimize their chances of a fatal collision.

RRDSB announces Grade 3, 6, and 9 and OSSLT EQAO test results

Wed, 2017-09-20 09:11 2016-2017 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) results have been released. The Rainy River District School Board has reviewed these results as compared to the previous year and to results over the past five years. These results, along with other assessments, help the School Board to focus further supports for students and to prioritize professional development for staff.

Atikokan High School to get merged with elementary school

Fri, 2017-09-15 14:16 with the Rainy River District School Board have voted to consolidate the Atikokan High School and North Star Community School. The decision came after a meeting on Wednesday night, after a number of community consultations.

New student trustee takes oath

Fri, 2017-09-15 14:14
Lemuel Carradice took the Student Trustee Oath of Office for the 2017-2018 term at the Sept. 6 Rainy River District School Board meeting. Lemuel is a Grade 12 student at Rainy River High School student, and will represent all Rainy River District School Board students.

Board outlines summer work

Fri, 2017-09-15 13:39 may have been a break for students but for the Rainy River District School Board, it was a busy time for improvements across its jurisdiction. Board administration gave a report summary of the 2017 summer accomplishments update to trustees during the first regular meeting of the school year here last Tuesday night. click the link to read more about the meeting in the Sept. 13, 2017 edition of the Fort Frances Times.

School board expected to decide Wednesday on K-12 plan for Atikokan

Fri, 2017-09-15 13:23 Rainy River District School Board was expected to choose its preferred option for the future of Atikokan's public schools on Wednesday. And in fact, they did vote in favour of consolidating Atikokan High School and North Star Community School. Click the link to read more from the Sept. 11, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.

Knowing where to draw the line

Fri, 2017-09-15 13:19 OPP brought the "Draw The Line" campaign to Atikokan High School this week to engage students in a dialogue about sexual violence. Click the link below to read more about the campaign from the Sept. 11, 2017 edition of the Atikokan Progress.

Rainy River District School Board approves consolidation of Atikokan schools

Thu, 2017-09-14 08:51 a Special Board Meeting held last night at Atikokan High School, the Rainy River District School Board approved the recommendation to consolidate Atikokan High School and North Star Community School into a new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school on the Atikokan High School site, pending Ministry of Education funding approval.

FFHS receives new welding equipment

Mon, 2017-09-11 11:41 Frances High School’s Tech Department has been able to add new equipment to its welding booths after receiving funding from the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation. Teacher Robert Guertin applied for the funding last year and learned in May that they were successful in receiving $20,500.

Teachers ready for the new school year

Thu, 2017-08-31 14:52's the start of the new school year. Teachers across the district are ready for the challenges and growth opportunities awaiting them in the classroom. Two Robert Moore School teachers talked to Westend Weekly reporter Melissa Friesen about their back-to-school preparations.

Device to simulate marijuana impairment given test run here

Thu, 2017-08-31 14:43 new driving impairment simulation program was being tested in Fort Frances last Thursday—and this time the focus was on driving while under the influence of recreational marijuana. Innocorp, known for making products like SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), was at the '52 Canadians Arena to test a new simulation with Fort Frances High School First Responders and a few other community members. Click the link to read the article published in the Fort Frances Times on August 30, 2017.

Rainy River District School Board is HERE for students

Mon, 2017-08-28 13:11 Rainy River District School Board is launching the “HERE” campaign to address a very important focus. Working together with eight district school boards in the Thunder Bay Region, the Board aims to support student achievement by addressing persistent student absenteeism. The “HERE” attendance campaign was first introduced at a meeting of the Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) in the spring of 2017. Designed to build awareness around the attendance issue in Northwestern Ontario, the “HERE” campaign provides communications support tools to Boards and schools to help improve attendance.

Teacher showcasing arts alumni

Thu, 2017-08-17 15:22 local project is hoping to highlight some of the successful careers in the Arts that began in the Fort Frances High School Arts programs. The project is being run by Fort High teacher Susan DeGagne, with the goal of collecting stories from alumni who have gone on to pursue a career in the Arts (visual art, drama, music). The stories will be displayed in the high school and hopefully inspire current and future artists by showing that the Arts do not just have to be an interest in high school, but can also become a career path. Click on the link to read more from the Fort Frances Times.

DYS Demolition

Thu, 2017-07-13 15:41
This debris is all that is left of the old classroom wing of Donald Young School. The new section of the school, built directly in front of the now demolished building, will be ready for students to attend this fall. The remaining portion of the school, housing the gym and two additional classrooms, will also undergo a renovation.

OPP in schools with new program

Thu, 2017-07-06 13:54 6 students have been learning about more than reading, writing, and arithmetic thanks to the Rainy River District OPP. Community Services Officer Cst. Guy Beaudry spent the recently-completed school year teaching the "OPP K.I.D.S." program to classes across the district. Click the link below to read the article published in the Fort Frances Times (July 5, 2017).

North Star students recognized for leadership

Thu, 2017-07-06 13:40 Grade 6 students from North Star Community School were saluted at the school's end-of-year assembly for their positive contributions to school life during their years at school. The OPC Principal's Leadership Award went to Caryss Kehl, while Katie Lacosse, Ashlyn Marr, and Karlyn Rissanen each were awarded a Special Recognition of Leadership. Click the link below to read more from the Atikokan Progress (July 4, 2017).

Fort High students pushing to reopen cafeteria

Thu, 2017-07-06 13:32 at Fort Frances High School are making their voices heard concerning the lack of a school-run cafeteria and the need for better lunchtime options. A petition, started two weeks ago by Grade 10 student Janissa Judson, is asking the Rainy River District School Board reopen the school cafeteria and once again provide students with healthy, easily-accessible food.

AHS - and Atikokan - celebrate 29 grads

Thu, 2017-07-06 13:27 celebrated 29 of its own on June 23 -- the Atikokan High School 2017 graduating class. The group's outstanding achievements were rewarded by close to $40,000 in scholarships, bursaries, and prizes. Clink the link below to read the list of winners, as well as the article published in the Atikokan Progress (July 4, 2017).


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