Great Things Seen & Heard

  • One CALM student that took an interactive baby home commented that she’s tired of being a single mom after a long night!
  • A male CALM student that held a wailing interactive baby in the hallway was counselled by a younger student to take precautions next time (but in much cruder language, of course).
  • Overall, the CALM babies were not calm at all: we could hear them crying from the office!
  • Overheard: isn’t Cuba close to Cape Breton?
  • You know you’ve got too many students vaping when you see a chocolate on the floor and think it’s a vape…
  • New vocabulary: shack-whacking means “stir crazy” (being cooped up inside at home too long)
  • We have a new code word for announcements: code “buzz” means come help, it’s a work bee!
  • Another new staff member: Bernard (or is that just a previous staff member with yet another new name?)

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • We have a tight race for first place with the Wellness Google Challenge: way to go SM, CW and JA for cheering on your Block 2 classes!
  • One of our staff members has been on the Oprah show! She’s a celebrity!
  • When a teacher told a student that he did a good job, he thought he’d get the day off tomorrow!
  • This week (November 19th) we had full staff for the first time since September 8th!
  • I heard what the best thing is to do on a Friday night: to go home and lay like broccoli! (That’s a different way of saying to “veg out”; I hope it doesn’t mean the same thing as “Netflix and chill” since I’m quoting it in public.)

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • We thought lunch hour was short, but it turns out that it is long enough to buy a car!
  • We have two new words this week: “browngies” (a variation of boundaries) and “voluncheering” for those helpful staff members that are often offering assistance!
  • Overheard: “If I wanted to be a maid, I would have taken a job at a hotel.”
  • A slip of the tongue: a staff member asked to bite a colleague’s ear instead of bending it.
  • Learning a new word that is commonly used in describing how to use a cell phone in class: “sneakily” (it really is a word that is found in the dictionary!).
  • Student comment: “I’ve never been in a room full of smart people before!”
  • A tropical storm was named after me J !
  • Do we have a secret pizza door? No, we have a substitute teacher who orders pizza for students!
  • New use for a hall pass: stick it to the camera observing the bathroom entrance and then forget about it! (Of course, only one student is tall enough to reach the camera on the ceiling so it’s easy to find out who did it…)
  • People in this school are so nice; even with putting “meet” sauce or hot “dots” on the memo, no-one complained!

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • We passed the government’s health inspection with flying colours! Way to go team!
  • A student thought he earned a sleep-in day by working hard for three consecutive days!
  • The student that took the sleep-in day for his hard work also thought he earned the afternoon off!
  • Student perspective: anyone who walks in the hallways to supervise is an EA!
  • When zooming with a class, it could mean walking fast instead of a virtual meeting!

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Some place have signs that say “Do not feed the bears” but at our school, we’ll have to have a sign that says “Do not feed the finance secretary” (watch for the traffic carrying plates to her office to know more).
  • When we have visitors to the school, it’s a day to do your hair!
  • We’re glad we don’t have to pay when we forget to disarm the alarm upon entry to the school!
  • Our LST is ready for spring: all the OCA copies are already made!
  • One of our more withdrawn students was overheard giving our day janitor compliments!

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Posting wasn’t delayed by power outage this week!
  • Different classes are practicing using Google classroom to submit assignments!
  • We may be seeing more “Number of Days Without Incident” posters at school!
  • Reading lessons will be required before reading locker graffiti to improve accuracy.
  • Overheard: a volunteer to answer phones answered with the wrong school name!
  • We can see camera feedback in the office now!

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Great volunteer work with people pitching in to bake (and decorate and wrap) 1000 cupcakes for the funeral! I’ve never seen so many people work together in a kitchen!
  • We have discovered we have the Queen of Selfies on our staff!
  • Rumors are circulating because a murderer in the US has the same name as one of our teachers!
  • Some EWP staff were accidentally harassing bystanders to join our Terry Fox Run, thinking they were students! At least we realized that only the one in the fur hat and blaze orange jacket was recognizable from a distance…
  • Our school raised more than ever for the Terry Fox Run!

Great Things Seen & Heard

  • Quoted from staff members: Our new day-cleaner is “amazing, super nice, and great with kids!”
  • Our new doorbell is coming soon!
  • A Grade 10 student discovered this week that marks come from handing in assignments and that without handing any assignments in, there is no mark!
  • A teacher discovered that taking a printer hostage works to obtain quick response time!
  • Quote from teacher: “Helping each other out makes everyone’s day go better!”
  • A staff member discovered that no secrets are safe when you share them with everyone!
  • We found out that the number of days without incident written on the board was for the teacher, not the students!
  • Heard and oft repeated this week: Better to be six feet over than six feet under!
  • We learned that accidentally inviting the whole division to our PD day and breakfast is a great way to virtually meet new people!
  • Our own PE teacher has been asked to chair a new PE committee for the division! Extra-curricular sports activities are soon to be coming!