More than 300 SciTech students will gather in the auditorium at Port Credit Secondary School on Oct. 19 to listen to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak about his experiences. Senior SciTech students from Tomken Road Middle School will join Port Credit's regional SciTech students for SciTech Space Day, which will also include a simulated space mission.
The opportunity to meet and learn from the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space demonstrates the importance of dreaming big. The SciTech program strives to enhance the science and technology curriculum with hands-on experience, and this event illustrates how science and technology are integrated.
Wendy Lautamus, Principal Port Credit Secondary School
SciTech Space Day will begin at 10 a.m. with an assembly and address from Hadfield. The astronaut will talk about life in space and the future of space exploration. At 12 p.m., he will join 30 grade 11 SciTech students from Port Credit and 14 students from Tomken Road in the school's communications classroom for a virtual mission to Mars, the moon and the International Space Station. This mock journey will include interactive animation and survivor-style science challenges.
John Mason, technology teacher at Port Credit, says the simulation is an excellent opportunity for students to take on the role of teachers. "The grade 11 students will interact and direct the middle school students, learning and exploring together."
Raised on a farm in Milton, Ont., Hadfield was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to join the Canadian Astronaut Corps in 1992. He made spaceflights in 1995 and 2001.
Port Credit Secondary School is located at 70 Mineola Rd. E in Mississauga (Google Map).
On June 10, St. James School in Port Credit will hold a Closing Ceremony and Mass to mark the closing of the school after 50 years.
St. James School opened in 1959 and was named in honour of Monsignor James Sheridan. Culminating a year-long review and public consultation process, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approved the closure of St. James School at the end of June 2009 due to low enrolment. Students will be redirected to St. Dominic School for the 2009-10 school year.
The closing ceremony will include a reception, Mass and open house from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Current and former staff and students, as well as community residents are welcome to attend the event. For more information, call 905-278-3521.
WHAT: St. James School Closing Ceremony & Mass WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Meet & Greet - 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mass - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open House - 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. James School, 98 Wanita Road, Mississauga (South of Lakeshore Road East, West of Cawthra Road)
Students from 24 schools across the province will have an opportunity to showcase their animation talents on the big screen, win awards and mingle with animation experts at the High School Animation Festival at Cawthra Park Secondary School on June 3.
Students will display their creativity in categories such as 2-D digital, claymation, stop-motion, 2-D classical, 3-D animation exercises, instructional/interactive and music videos. Before the 9 p.m. awards ceremony, guest speaker, former Pixar animator, Stephen Barnes will discuss his work on movies like Toy Story 2 and A Bug's Life.
"The festival is an opportunity for students, teachers and animators to come together to celebrate their interest in animation," says Jane Michalak, principal of Cawthra Park Secondary School. "Students get a chance to show off their talents to their families, peers and industry experts."
Awards will go to the top two submissions in each category. An elementary division featuring the work of students in grades 5 to 8 has been added this year, with awards going to the top two entries and top elementary schools.
The Mississauga News is reporting that "An independent facilitator appointed by the Ministry of Education says the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board did not violate its own rules in closing St. James Elementary School in Port Credit."
The school is to close permanently at the end of this school year.