Category: Inspiration

Day 3: Queensmount’s “Operation Give so People can Live”

The giving spirit is alive at Queensmount Public School, where a group of 35 students from the Queensmount Leadership Team (QLT) are rapping their way into the holidays. Yes, rapping. “We have a really great group of QLT students, they truly amaze me,” said Taryn Dowsling, a Grade 8 and special education resource teacher. “We […]






Day 2: Southwood silent auction supports student well-being

For many, the holiday season can feel very different – it can be a time of joy or a time of sorrow – but it is the caring and compassion of others that can make a big difference in someone’s life during this time of year. After going through some personal hardships and leaning on […]






Day 1 of 12 days of giving

Day 1: Party with a purpose at Glenview Park SS

At the end of November, 130 GPSS students and staff came together in a fun and meaningful way to raise money for children with cancer and their families. The Inside Ride is an indoor cycling challenge and fundraising event presented by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. This giving party was an exciting morning […]






Principal Morgan gives his 100th blood donation

Next month, Principal Paul Morgan from Elmira District Secondary School will be retiring. Principal Morgan is a regular blood donor and was coming up to his 100th donation. In lieu of retirement gifts, he asked students and staff to support his 100th donation by coming out to give blood at the Elmira Lions Club blood […]






Maya Tried Hockey

Wilson Avenue Public School’s Grade 5 students had some exciting visitors last week from Hockey Canada. They were one of several classes across the the region to participate in the Try Hockey program. Maya is just one of the students who got to take an hour out of her school day to try her hand […]






Remembrance services from Clemens Mill PS and across WRDSB

Across Waterloo region today, thousands of students and staff will honour the people who fought for our freedom, sacrificed their lives, and who continue to serve Canada with ceremonies to mark Remembrance. We thank every Canadian service person for their bravery and commitment to keeping us safe. Clemens Mill Public School Each year, we showcase […]






The Making of Maddie’s Wish

Maddie Umbach is a quiet, but self-assured, girl in Grade 3 at Westvale Public School. Her teacher, Mrs. Quinton, describes her as “a role model to us all.” This is because Maddie is living with juvenile arthritis. Mrs. Quinton explained that although Maddie deals with pain on a daily basis, she doesn’t complain and is […]






Blue Spruce Award Nominee, Carolyn Mills

Congratulations to Laurentian Public School’s very own Carolyn Mills on being nominated for 2018 Blue Spruce Award. Her picture book, The Little Boy Who Lived Down The Drain, has been nominated for this annual distinction through the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program. Mills describes The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain as […]






Congratulations Jeff Gerber

At the recent Canadian Student Leadership Conference, Mr. Gerber was awarded the 2017 Leader of Distinction for his outstanding contributions to student leadership. From all of us at WRDSB and WODSS, we want to congratulate Mr. Gerber on earning this national distinction. Our students are truly fortunate to learn from such an outstanding teacher and […]






World Teachers’ Day 2017

Waterloo region sparkles with talented innovators creating new ideas from quantum computers and Hyperloop transport to progressive thinking on gender issues and social justice. Whether it is high tech innovation or social innovation – changing our society and communities to become better places to live and work and raise a family – we know that […]






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