A Word from Your Trustee

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Well September is all but over and the students/staff are back into their routine. I’ve had an opportunity to visit all the schools and I have to say they are a beehive of activity. Recently all schools participated in the annual Terry Fax run. I must say the weather was great (too bad we didn’t have some days like that in the summer).

For a while now I’ve have being telling people, it’s great to be with the future before it happens. Here is a story that recently happened that proves my statement.  While touring an elementary school two weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit a JK classroom. The students had been taken to the library the day before and shown the books available and the teacher had explained the ins and outs of how the library worked. However, on the day I visited the students returned to the library, but rather that going to the books all students were lead to computer work stations set up at the other end of the room. Each student sat in front of a computer and the teacher then logged them on. Once logged in, students could select from several educational games. Some dealt with math, literacy and others spelling. The young girl I was sitting with was amazed and very excited to be operating her own workstation. She learned new words and how to spell them. I ask her how old she was, and with a great big smile she said three. The smile on her face said it all. She was excited about school and excited about learning. I’ll also share a secret with you, once she reaches grade 4 or 5 she’ll be the one you go to and ask her to program your smart phone and fix your minor computer problems. Once again I say it’s great to be with the future before it happens.

John Byrne – TLDSB Vice-Chair & School Trustee – Wards 2, 3, 6 & 7

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

 Joshua J Marine